Saturday 21 November 2020
The Austrian Dominic Thiem fights the world number one Novak Djokovic and reaches the final of the ATP Finals. In a real thriller it goes back and forth, in the tie-break of the second set Djokovic fends off four match balls and leads in the decisive tie-break already 4-0.
US Open Champion Dominic Thiem is in the final at the ATP Finals in London for the second time in a row. In the semifinals, the Austrian beat world number one Novak Djokovic from Serbia after a nervous thriller over 2:54 hours 7: 5, 6: 7 (10:12), 7: 6 (7: 5) and meets Rafael Nadal (Spain) on Sunday ) or Daniil Medvedev (Russia).
Djokovic fended off four match points in the tie-break of the second set, it went back and forth between the opponents. Even the Serb could have won the sentence in the tiebreaker, but Thiem was there every time. Ultimately, “Nole” won the thrill tiebreak with 12:10 and forced a third run.
There will be a first-time winner
It went into the tiebreak again, Thiem caught up with six points in a row after a 4-0 deficit and used his sixth match point. “Like every match here, it was very close,” said Thiem: “I’m incredibly happy that I’m through.” He will “do everything to get the title. It will be the last match of a tough year for everyone.”
Third placed Thiem (27), who failed last year against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, celebrated his 300th victory on the ATP tour. Djokovic, on the other hand, gambled away the chance of his sixth title at the ATP Finals and will not catch up with record winner Roger Federer (Switzerland) this year either. Djokovic, who threw the German number one Alexander Zverev (Hamburg) out of the tournament with a win in the last group game, was last successful at the event in 2015.
Zverev had triumphed in the prestigious year-end in 2018, and in 2019 the 23-year-old was eliminated in the semi-finals. In any case, there will be a first-time winner of the tournament on Sunday, because both Thiem, Nadal and Medvedev have never been able to win at the ATP Finals.