Dominic Thiem produces one in every of his greatest performances of 2019 to overcome global No 2 Novak Djokovic in three-set mystery to seal his position in final 4 on the Nitto ATP Finals
- Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem performed out a three-set mystery on Tuesday
- The pair exchanged breaks ahead of Austrian superstar Thiem received it 6-7, 6-3, 7-6
- Thiem has now booked a place within the semi-finals of the ATP Finals this week
- Djokovic battled exhausting however struggled to deal with the depth of Thiem’s play
Dominic Thiem produced one in every of his very best performances of the season as he edged a close to three-hour epic towards Novak Djokovic to succeed in the Nitto ATP Finals final 4.
The pair produced an exhilarating evening of tennis with a back-and-forth slugfest beneath the lighting on the O2 Enviornment on Thursday evening, with a spot within the semi-finals up for grabs for each avid gamers following wins of their opening fits.
After all it got here all the way down to a last set tie-break and Djokovic, who had no longer misplaced a tie-break since the second one set at Wimbledon towards Polish emerging superstar Hubert Hurkacz, noticed his well-known defence breached through Thiem as he collapsed to the courtroom having received it on his 2d fit level alternative.
Djokovic certainly began the more potent, willing to verify his development to the semi-finals ahead of taking up Roger Federer on Thursday within the ultimate team recreation.
And the sector No 2, with that Number 1 spot in his eye-line, took the primary set on a tie-break, having previous surrendered a spoil he had got firstly of the fit.
However regardless of getting an early foothold, quickly Djokovic discovered the stamina and tenacity of Thiem, six years his junior, tough to take care of.
And having rolled over in a 6-Three 2d set, the place Thiem appeared maximum relaxed all evening, Djokovic’s tiredness was once brutally uncovered when he was once damaged to like at 5-Five within the 3rd.
Djokovic is famed for his brick-wall-like defence and whilst he rallied overdue directly to power any other tie-break, the stats in the end advised a tale of Thiem’s rising dominance within the contest, outscoring Djokovic with 50 winners to 27.
That is Thiem’s fourth successive season on the ATP Finals in London however he has up to now appeared a distinct participant to the only British crowds have observed in earlier visits, dispatching Federer in his first team recreation, and now the ambitious Djokovic in his 2d.
He has already progressed on the ones earlier 3 visits – the place he received a unmarried recreation each and every time, constantly bowing out within the team levels. Thiem can cap off a flawless team degree marketing campaign towards Italian debutant Matteo Berrettini on Thursday.
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