Austria’s Dominic Thiem is joyous to be at Nitto ATP finals after he upended top ranked tennis player, Novak Djokovic in a tense encounter.
The world number three edged out the Serb on a 7-5 6-7 (10) 7-6 (5) tie to make the grand finale of the Nitto ATP Finals.
The 2020 U.S Open champion was four point down at the second-set tie-break, Thiem paid the price for blowing four match points as Djokovic realized his fourth set point to steal the second set.
Djokovic was close to grabbing a late win, but was later faced and upset from Thiem.
“It was for sure a mental battle. I got so tight in the second-set tie-break because to play these legends is always going to be something special,” Thiem said in parts.
“Playing for the final here at the Nitto ATP Finals is also something very special and I thought that after my first big title in New York, maybe I’m going to be a little bit more calm, but that was a mistake, I guess.” He continued.
“I was just as tight and as nervous as before. It was so much on the edge that match, like every single match here. The best players in the world are facing off. So I’m just incredibly happy to be through and just [will] try to get ready for tomorrow.“
In 2019, Thiem was the runner-up, conceding defeat to Stefano Tsitsipas in the final of the O2 Arena.The Austrian will face Daniel Medvedev who knocked out Rafael Nadal at the final four of the Nitto ATP Finals.
“After I fought so hard to get to the final in the group stage and as well now today. Of course I will try everything to win the title,Anyway now we’re going to have again a first-time winner, no matter what happens in the second semi-final.” He said.
“Both of them will fight 100 per cent today and as well tomorrow, but I’m looking forward a lot. It’s going to be the last match of a very special, of a very tough year for everybody, I guess. We’re going to try to put [on] a great show for everybody that is watching.” He accentuated