Dominic Thiem was the first to win Rafael Nadal in his second “Group London 2020” victory in this year’s semifinals of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2, seeing Stefanos Tsitsipas Is a player. Defeat debutante Andrey Rublev in the current champion, evening match.
t was arguably one of the best matches of my career. We are approaching the second group match with Djokovic last year. We both played great tennis. Then such a match can occur. Dominic Thiem
These two results are related to the last four results if Thursday’s Nadal-Tsitsipas clash determines the other semi-finalists in the group and Thiem-Rublev encounters to complete the round robin stage. Means that there is no.
As far as Nadal is concerned, Thiem has a pain in his ass. This defeat was the third defeat that the Austrians gave to the Spaniards at four meetings. This includes four sets of quarter-final wins that require three tiebreakers to claim victory at the Australian Open last January.
It was once again a tiebreaker that proved Nadal’s downfall in the empty O2 Arena. This time he lost 7-6 (7) 7-6 (4) and surrendered to the fifth match point in a very high quality match, more suitable for the final than a group match.
However, it is expected that the world’s No. 2 and No. 3 will collide at the stadium.
“If you want to look for mistakes or mistakes, you won’t find many,” said Thiem, who was happy after the two-hour, 24-minute match.
Nadal, who has never won the prestigious end-of-season event in the last nine appearances, is confident that he will finally win the overall victory on Sunday.
“He did damage to me in his general game, and I also did damage to him,” said the second word at the age of 34.
“He wasn’t a good player and I wasn’t a good player either. He played big points so well that he deserves a win. It was a great tennis match.
“It was determined by the details. He played a great match, and I played well. My feelings are not negative.”
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Thiem described his performance as one of the best in his career.
After downing from 5-2 on the tiebreaker, he won the first set, saving two setpoints in the process and clinching the tiebreaker with two inside-out forehands at the last three points. Second to clinch the set.
“It was a great match from start to finish,” Thiem said. “But in fact, I was very lucky to get the first set.”
The second Nadal made a breakthrough when he captured Thiem’s serve, quickly returned his advantage, and was forced to save three matchpoints when he served 5-4.
He scored five straight points in the game. One includes Rob from the “Twiner” that Thiem managed to regain before Nadal gave power to his backhand.
In the inevitable second set of tiebreakers, Thiem focused on a 6-3 lead, but by sending Nadal a wide backhand to admit what was remembered as one of the following: The most exciting match played at The O2, which couldn’t convert the 4th match point just to fix the next point.
“I hope people enjoyed the game in their hometown, and for a few hours a few hours of the difficult times we are living in,” Thiem said.
He looked back at the match itself and added: “I think it was a great match from start to finish.
“I was very lucky to get the first set. I went down 2/5 in a tiebreaker. It’s great to win the first set against Rafa, but he’s still from start to finish. I’m 100% there to the point.
“When I won the first set, I knew I might have a slight advantage, but I still had to stay very focused.”
Thiem continued. “The match was very high on every stroke.
“I’m very happy with the way I serve, because most of the time when I get my first serve I’m aggressive and I have a sufficient percentage to earn points.
“When I was in a difficult situation like the first tiebreaker … Saab helped me a lot. I think it’s probably the most important stroke in indoor tennis. I’m very happy that it worked. I will. ”
At the age of 27, he concluded: “This was arguably one of the best matches of my career. We were approaching our second group match against Djokovic last year. We both played great tennis. , Such a match can happen. “
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The match would be difficult to follow in strength and drama, but the encounter with Tsitsipas Rublev was approaching, but when it turned into a slugfest, the first set was pocketed by the defenders. Champion in just 19 minutes.
It lasted less than two hours, and the Greeks continued to use his hopes to successfully defend his title, 6-1 4-6 7-6 (6).
With that decisive set tiebreaker, Rublev notched his first win at the ATP Finals and double-faulted at match points, with Tsitsipas leveling up 6-6 and two points later at this year’s event. I was able to claim the first victory of.
“It was a win, but I still feel that there are many things that can improve and get better,” Tsitsipas admitted.
For both Tsitsipas and Nadal, their meeting on Thursday should prove more than an interesting match that is very endangered for both.
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