ATP Finals 2020: Dominic Thiem battles past Novak Djokovic to reach final at O2 Arena in London
US Open champion Dominic Thiem battled past world number one Novak Djokovic in three tense and dramatic sets, 7-5 6-7 7-6, to secure his place in Sunday's showpiece match at the 2020 ATP Finals. The Austrian failed to capitalise on four match points in the second set, but ended up eventually winning in the decider.
Austria's Dominic Thiem reacts after his victory over Serbia's Novak Djokovic in their men's singles semi-final match on day seven of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London
Dominic Thiem demonstrated his power and resilience as he beat Novak Djokovic in three tough sets to reach the final in London.
For the fifth time in their last six meetings the pair could only be separated by a deciding set, and it was another astonishing clash as Thiem came through after plenty of perseverance.
The Austrian squandered four match points in an epic second set tie-break which he eventually ended up losing 12-10 as Djokovic demonstrated his trademark defensive efforts to somehow extend the encounter.
Incredibly, Thiem even contrived to double fault on one of his match points in the second set breaker, and his opponent was afforded the opportunity to remain in the match on a knife edge.
Having been pushed into a deciding set, the champion in New York may have been downhearted but he showed incredible poise and determination in taking victory after a second brutal tie-break.
Dominic Thiem of Austria celebrates during his match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during Day 7 of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 Arena
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The second semi-final saw Daniil Medvedev, fresh from his triumph at the Paris Masters, come from behind to beat Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal, who is still seeking the first title at the ATP Finals in his illustrious career.