LONDON: Dominic Thiem recovered from squandering 4 match factors in a dramatic second-set tie-break to beat Novak Djokovic within the final 4 on the ATP Finals on Saturday.
The US Open champion gained 7-5, 6-7 (10/12), 7-6 (7/5) and can face both Rafael Nadal or Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s last on the elite eight-man occasion.
The world’s prime 4 gamers all made it by way of to the semi-finals for the primary time at London’s O2 Enviornment, which is internet hosting the season-ending occasion for the twelfth and last yr.
Thiem pressured the one break to take a decent first set 7-5 however neither participant may make the breakthrough within the second set, which went to a tie-break.
Thiem had 4 match factors however agonisingly watched all of them slip away as 17-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic levelled.
It was an identical story within the third set, with each gamers rock-solid on serve and the match got here right down to a deciding tie-break.
The Serbian world primary raced right into a 4-0 lead and appeared sure to win however Thiem stormed again, successful six factors in a row to earn two extra match factors.
He was unable to capitalise on the primary of these however gained the second to take the match.