In the opening semi-final on Saturday, Dominic Thiem held back the five-time champion Novak Djokovic, 7-5, 6-7 (10). 7-6 (5), rallying 0-4 down in the last set of tiebreakers to his 2020 Australian Open final loss to the No.. To avenge. 1.
For the second time in a row Dominic Thiem will play for the Nitto ATP Finals trophy. A first-time champion is guaranteed to be crowned in London.
In the opening semifinals on Saturday, Thiem survived the collapse against five-time winner Novak Djokovic (7: 5, 6: 7 (10), 7: 6 (5)) to his final defeat at the Australian Open 2020 against the Number 1 in the world to avenge. 1 and gets his 300. Career victory.
« It was definitely a mental battle. I got so tight in the second sentence, « Thiem said afterwards in court. « I thought that after my first big title in New York I might be a little calmer. It was a mistake I think. I was just as tense and nervous as before. There was so much on the fringes, the match. «
The Austrian had four match points in the second set, two of which were on his serve, before entering a fight in the third set after failing to cross the line.
In the third set none of the players could create a breakpoint chance, which led to a decisive tiebreaker. Djokovic built a 4-0 lead, but this time it was Thiem’s turn to celebrate an unlikely comeback. The Austrian scored six points in a row and beat Djokovic for the second time in a row. In two hours and 54 minutes he was in all 18 of his service games at the end of the season. After Thiem lost his first five encounters with the Serb, he has won five of his last seven.
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