Saturday, November 28, 2020

Thiem ends Djokovic’s ATP Finals record bid

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Dominic Thiem recovered from squandering four match points in a dramatic second-set tie-break to beat Novak Djokovic in three pulsating sets in the last four at the ATP Finals yesterday.

The Austrian third seed’s 7-5, 6-7 (10/12), 7-6 (7/5) win ended Djokovic’s hopes of equalling Roger Federer’s record of six titles at the elite eight-man event.

The US Open champion will face either Rafael Nadal or Daniil Medvedev in today’s final at London’s O2 Arena as he chases the second biggest title of his career.

The 2019 runner-up who forced the only break of the match in the first set, faced an uphill battle psychologically after his missed chances in the second-set tie-break.

But he was quickly back in the groove and rallied from 4-0 down in the final-set tie-break, winning six successive points to earn two match points.