Dominic Thiem beats and takes revenge on Stefanos Tsitsipas in their first match at the ATP Finals 2020. The lights of the O2 Arena had gone out with the victory of the Greek and they were turned on again with that of the Austrian tennis player.
Number three of the big group, at the Finals with the Slammer badge. The defending champion, who is basically the one to concede the most over the course of the two hours and a half of the game, fails to piece together the puzzle during the third set.
Even if Thiem 3-1 clears the ball for the counterbreak with a surgical before service. The Austrian won the first match of the Group London 2020 for 7-6 (5) 4-6 6-3.
Tsitsipas condenses the vast majority of errors in the heart of the inaugural stage.
Needless to say, he grants break points in the third and seventh game. Thiem, who wins 90% of the points with the first ball, instead appears near the tie break without particular difficulties. And without making any special changes to the script.
Despite an advantage of 5-3 to keep, obviously with the service available, the Greek talent fails to deliver the decisive shoulder. Rather. He can't even move the score anymore. Thiem gets back on track with a splendid forehand solution (which he draws at the end of a grueling exchange from the baseline), puts his head forward thanks to the support of the serve and closes at the first useful opportunity.
Tsitsipas obviously makes a big contribution to the cause. With a decidedly different strategic plan, less focused on defense, the Greek manages to recompose the score in some way. The break that de facto decides the matter (and that defends leaving a total of six points on the road with the joke available) arrives in the third game.
Thiem, who rarely looks for a quick solution in the course of exchanges, translates the initial supremacy with a sharp 3-0. A step away from the cliff, Tsitsipas moves the zero from the game box and above all gets four balls for the counterbreak in the fourth game.
The number three of the big group, who always manages to solve problems with the first from the right, after a game-river holds and essentially closes the game In the other match of the group, with this victory over Andrey Rublev, Rafael Nadal puts the first step for qualification in a group where Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas are present.
The Spaniard has never won this tournament and immediately freed himself without particular problems from the Russian Andrey Rublev and closes the debut practice in the second match of the Group London 2020 with the result of 6-3 6-4.
Today they will start the match of the Group Tokyo 1970: on the court Novak Djokovic against Diego Schwartzman and Daniil Medvedev against Alexander Zverev.