The final ATP Finals at O2 began on Sunday, with a shortage of spectators due to the current blockade of the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in a top-quality single match in a quiet 17,000-seater auditorium.
Over the last few years, I have experienced how important it is to get a good start on this tournament. Ideally I would win the first match, and I’m very happy to have done that. Dominic Thiem
On this day, Dominic Thiem managed to take revenge on Stefanos Tsitsipas’ defeat in last year’s championship match in three sets, and Rafael Nadal took O2 debutante Andrey Rublev straight in the evening session. I broke it.
The recently crowned US Open champion Austrian Thiem missed many breaks in the first set, featuring two groups of London 2020 players playing round-robin matches in chronological order, but eventually he It was a tiebreaker when he returned from 1-4 to secure 7-5.
The Greek star broke in the second early stage, working hard to level the match and gaining momentum towards the chances of winning three sets.
However, Thiem defeated his rival in the second game with a delicate forehand and successfully suppressed Tsitsipas to claim the opening match two hours and 17 minutes later 7-6 (5) 4-66-3.
“I think the level was high last year,” Thiem said, comparing the two games at The O2.
“Both of us were in great shape in last year’s final. We wanted the title 100%. Last year’s final was crazy and it was a little different today.”
The Austrian hit eight aces and 31 winners, and he dropped the serve only once.
“It was a very tough match. We both worked well and the conditions are fast,” continued Thiem.
“You can’t make a slow start in a match against the top 10 players here (The O2).
“In the last few years, I’ve experienced how important it is to get a good start on this tournament. Ideally I’ll win the first match, and I’m very happy to have done that.
“I’m sure I’m feeling better than last year (tournament),” he added. “But I think bubble life is also exhausted. This is a very new experience for all of us in all the tests that are being done in tournaments around the world.
“I am grateful that such an event is still going on.”
Later that day, Nadal began his own bid for one major title that missed him during his illustrious career, and he made a good and comfortable start over Rublev 6-3 6-4. turned it off.
Nadal won 86 titles, rivaling Roger Federer’s 20 Grand Slam record last month by winning the French Open, but only one of them was achieved on the indoor hard court.
Nadal is on the roster of champions who fell two times earlier in the final hurdle, in contrast to two major rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, who won the ATP Tour Finals six and five times, respectively. I am enthusiastic about participating.
Nadal, 34, and his much younger Russian challenger served comfortably early in the opening group match. It was the Spanish serve that the 23-year-old muscovite felt impregnable.
Nadal defeated him in the sixth game of the first set, took another break in the opening game of the second set, and continued to claim his victory 77 minutes later without facing a break point.
“Always the first match is very tricky,” Nadal said. “When I play against the best players, every match is difficult, so it’s a positive start for me and I’m very happy.
“I think tonight’s serve worked very well, so it’s always a little helpful in these respects.
“I had few chances to return home, so I converted.”
The French Open champion said his straight-set victory boosted his confidence ahead of Tuesday’s “super-difficult match” with Thiem.
– Tennis Sports
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