08:38, 11 November 2019
Even before the start of the contest, he seemed more focused, determined and self-confident than ever. In his 7: 5,7: 5 victory over Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem has shown he is ready for more at the ATP Finals in London. Today on Tuesday (not before 21.00 CET / live ServusTV, Sky) against top favorite Novak Djokovic . With a win, Thiem probably reached the semi-finals.
After this year's third victory over the Swiss superstar, Thiem quickly concentrated on the second match in the strong group " Björn Borg ", The 26-year-old from Lower Austria has A record of 5-2 victory over Federer, but Djokovic led Thiem 6: 3 ahead of their tenth match.
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"I think he is the best right now, as he proved to be in (Paris) Bercy, where he has never played his best tennis." , but still winning the title with ease, "Thiem said before the next" cracker ", At the French Open in Paris, protégé Nicolas Massu had" Djoker "in the final match until today but in a five-set battle with 6: 2,3: 6,7: 5,5: 7,7: 5 defeated.
Thiem wants to highlight some of the highlights of this game, though it can only be of limited size in open air, in sand and in extreme weather conditions. But Thiem tactically wants to get some suggestions. At that time, the semifinals were held in two days, a major disadvantage for Thiem for his second French Open Final . Having beaten two of the "big three" Federer, Nadal, Djokovic in succession, that's still the key to winning the Grand Slam – and almost an impossible feat for the competition.
Now Thiem should be second in three tennis. However, the defeat of Legenden could make the climb to the semi-finals even a defeat. But for the lightwatcher, a victory over "Djoker" was not an impossibility. "I think it's a little bit different from the situation this time around, right from the start of the tournament, best of three sets, I was on Monday's break, then I'll be on top on Tuesday
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Djokovic comments on his smooth 6: 2.6: 1 victory over Finals debutant Matteo Berrettini who is already playing some kind of "play-off" against Roger Federer for the semi-final opportunity on Tuesday, full of praise for Thiem. "He said earlier this week that this was probably his best time to win at home in Vienna, which of course it was very important to him, then the win at Indian Wells, we know what a great player he is The sand is, he has proven he can play on other surfaces as well, "Djokovic said.
Thiem is an established one top five players . "We don't have to talk about his qualities," said the 16-time major winner and then he does. "His dedication, professionalism and hard work ethic are incredible, and he is a wonderful person." He played himself against Thiem coach Massu and has known him for many years. "They are a great team and they deserve to be here."
Manager Herwig Straka was very pleased with Thiem's first appearance. "He made tight points and made the break at the right time – a great achievement, above all." Even one can dream of more in the semi-finals after this prelude? "You have to think goal by goal, semi-final goal – that's important to mind."
Djokovic would be a "big challenge", but "the opportunity is certain there, as Dominic is playing well at the moment." Under no circumstances can one underestimate the group's arithmetic in " Masters ": If Thiem loses on Tuesday, he will have to deliver against Berrettini on Thursday – and that could still be tough. "Then everything will be completely open again," warned Thiem.
Incidentally, there was one in the arena at London 02 in the previous Thiems Thuems with Djokovic: Thiem in his first ATP Finals 2016 brought Thiem to the team that matched the first prelude-Tiebreak, before he lost even 0 : 6,2: 6. But Thiem has since become a more complete player in appearance.