November 21, 2020 11:59:23 pm
Dominic Thiem got here again from the brink of defeat to beat Novak Djokovic in a gripping last-four conflict on the ATP Finals on Saturday as he reached the ultimate for the second successive yr.
The 27-year-old Austrian appeared to be sliding to defeat when he trailed 0-Four within the third-set tiebreak however stormed again to declare a 7-5 6-7(10) 7-6(5) victory in just below three hours.
World quantity three Thiem was the higher participant within the first set, sealing it with an ace after breaking serve at 5-5.
An absorbing second-set tiebreak noticed Thiem get 4 possibilities to seal victory however he double-faulted on one match level and Djokovic confirmed true grit to snatch the set.
Serves dominated within the decider and when Thiem began the day’s second tiebreaker after which misplaced the subsequent three factors it appeared as if the top was nigh.
Instead the world quantity three roared again, profitable the subsequent six factors.
Djokovic saved a fifth match level however Thiem lastly acquired the job carried out when a Djokovic groundstroke drifted lengthy.
Thiem will now attempt to full a outstanding yr, through which he claimed his first Grand Slam title by profitable the U.S. Open, in opposition to both Rafa Nadal or Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s climax.
“It was a mental battle, I got so tight in the second-set tiebreak,” Thiem, who avenged his defeat by Djokovic on this yr’s Australian Open remaining, mentioned on court docket.
“To play these legends is always special and to player here is also something special. I thought after winning the title in New York I would be more calm, but that was a mistake I guess.”
Thiem will try to go one higher than final yr when he misplaced to Stefanos Tsitsipas within the remaining.
Defeat means Djokovic could have to wait till the occasion strikes to Turin subsequent yr, after 12 years in London, to attempt once more to equal Roger Federer’s six titles on the year-ender.