In a competitive match at a high level, Dominic Thiem prevailed against Rafael Nadal in two sets at the ATP finals – both sets went into the tie-break. Here you can read the game again in the live ticker.
ATP finals: Dominic Thiem against Rafael Nadal in the live ticker for reading – 7: 6 (9: 7), 6: 6 (7: 4)
After the game: There hadn’t been a break ball in the first round, but then Nadal seemed to have the advantage in set number two. The Spaniard’s break only lasted a short time and so it went back to the tie break, which Thiem was able to win again.
After the game: Dominic Thiem also wins the second game of the ATP Finals and is almost certain to be in the semi-finals of the tournament! The Austrian beats Spaniard Rafael Nadal 7: 6 and 7: 6. In a match at eye level, the 28-year-old had the happier hand in both tie breaks.
7:6, 7:6 (7:4): Nadal makes the mistake on the backhand and gives the match! Dominic Thiem secures victory!
7:6, 6:6 (6:3): Strongly played by Thiem, who sets Nadal in motion and completes it with the forehand. There are match balls four to six for the Austrian!
7:6, 6:6 (4:3): The door to winning the match is now open! Thiem gets the next mini-break with a strong forehand and is only three points away from victory.
7:6, 6:6 (3:2): Thiem clenches his fist and rightly. The Austrian not only secures the mini-break, he also manages both serves and increases to 3: 2.
7:6, 6:6 (0:1): Great forehand from Nadal, who fires the ball cross into the corner. The first mini-break goes to the Spaniard.
7:6, 6:6: It’s the second time in the tie break! Rafael Nadal has no trouble making his serve this time. There is another showdown!
7:6, 6:5: Dominic Thiem was able to shake off the missed opportunity without any major problems. The Austrian continues to appear highly concentrated and secure. 6: 5 for number three in the world!
ATP finals: Nadal fends off three match balls against Thiem
7:6, 5:5: Nadal takes the game and sets it to 5: 5. The Spaniard is just about preventing the loss of the match and remains in the race for the second set.
7:6, 5:4: This time Nadal is well disposed towards the net. The Spaniard trembles the volley over the mesh and also fends off the last of the three match points.
7:6, 5:4: A hair-raising overhead mistake later, Nadal gives his opponent three chances to win the match!
7:6, 5:4: Nadal slams the ball against the edge of the net and is now under tremendous pressure. The Spaniard is behind with 0:30!
7:6, 5:4: It’s about debut and Nadal has the chance to break the ball. However, the Spaniard warps the backhand cross a little bit and so is the advantage on Thiem’s side, who secures the 5: 4.
7:6, 4:4: Everything back in line! Nadal can fend off breakball number one with good service, but nothing more is possible. Thiem uses the second chance and brings himself back to this sentence.
7:6, 3:4: Two backhand mistakes by Nadal now ensure that Thiem also has the chance of the break and that in a double pack.
7:6, 3:4: There is the first break of the game! Thiem has the chance to fend off the breakball, but makes the wrong decision. The Austrian plays Nadal exactly on the racket and of course the Mallorcan cannot take this chance.
7:6, 3:3: Again it gets edgy for Thiem, who is faced with a breakball again.
7:6, 3:3: As in sentence one, everything goes the regular way. Apart from the breakball in game number one, the servers prevail quite easily. So also Rafael Nadal, who equalizes to 3: 3.
7:6, 3:2: Dominic Thiem does not spoil it. The 28-year-old also served safely and confidently and also took the lead again to zero.
7:6, 2:2: Rafael Nadal now unpacks the most commanding service game of the day. The Spaniard grabs the game to zero and equalizes to 2: 2.
7:6, 2:1: The first break of the day is still a long time coming. At 0:15, Thiem unpacks a great pass that saves him from 0:30. As a result, the Austrian served confidently to make it 2-1.
7:6, 1:1: Much more sovereign, however, is Rafael Nadal, who does not show any nakedness and serves cleanly to 1: 1.
7:6, 1:0: Thiem remains strong-nerved and serves very well in the important phase. With a bit of luck, the Austrian will prevent the false start in round two and will now attack the break in turn.
7:6: Game one in this second movement has a premiere. We see the first breakball of the game! After Thiem was already 30: 0 in the lead, Nadal fights his way back and after a forehand error by Thiem, he has the chance to break.
ATP finals: Thiem wins set 1 against Rafael Nadal
7:6 (9:7): Strong! What a forehand inside out from Dominic Thiem. The Austrian fires the leather across the line and gets the first set!
6:6 (8:7): Thiem brings his serves through and now has set balls for his part, but this when Nadal serves.
6:6 (6:6): Nadal wobbles too! Not good service from the Spaniard, who gives up the mini-break and the chance of winning the set too easily.
6:6 (5:6): Is that bitter from Dominic Thiem’s point of view! The Austrian is fighting his way up again, could secure the 6: 5. Then, however, the 28-year-old makes a double mistake and so there is the set ball for Nadal with his own service.
6:6 (2:4): Nadal gets another mini-break and puts it 4: 2. The sides are switched with a gossamer head start for the Spaniard.
6:6 (2:3): Both afford another mini break before Nadal does the service for the first time. After much back and forth everything is in line.
6:6 (1:1): Thiem clenches his fist, the Austrian secures the first mini-break. Nadal puts the volley just next to the line. But how won, so melted away. Thiem also messes up and immediately returns the mini-break.
6:6: It goes into the tie break, which this even set absolutely deserves. Thiem withstands the pressure and takes the twelfth game of this set.
5:6: Nadal served himself in the tie break at least once without any major problems. The Spaniard has no problems increasing to 6: 5. He now has one chance to break Thiem after all.
5:5: During this phase, Thiem always serves to the outside world and thus opens the field. The Austrian attacks very well and prevents Nadal from getting into the rallies properly.
4:5: Nadal is under pressure but can take the lead again. Thiem has his shares in it, however, because he makes three mistakes on the backhand.
4:4: The Austrian goes up and can secure the 4: 4. In this phase every break can decide, but both players hardly show any nakedness.
3:4: Wow! Thiem is a bit in a mess but then plays an incredible slice with a lot of angle. Nadal struggles to get the ball over the net, but the field is wide open for Thiem.
ATP finals: Thiem and Nadal in lockstep in sentence 1
3:4: In lockstep and still without breakballs, it goes towards crunch time. Nadal wobbles briefly when he is back at 3:30 pm, but then turns the game in his favor.
3:3: Thiem withstands the pressure and equalizes to 3: 3. The Austrian can build up enormous pressure with his backhand.
2:3: Thiem serves Nadal exactly in the forehand at 40:30, but still has the point completely in hand. However, Nadal speculates correctly and can start with the passing ball. For the first time it gets really edgy when it comes to break.
2:3: Strong! Nadal goes to the net after a strong serve, but initially does not play an optimal volley. However, the Spaniard is on hand against Thiem’s pass and finished off with a great volley stop to make it 3-2.
2:2: Thiem is now acting a little more courageously and always goes online. Both players get better into the game, which has been very even so far.
1:2: As in the first match, Rafael Nadal acts very confidently on his own serve. The Spaniard serves very varied and gives Thiem no chance to squint towards the break.
1:1: Thiem serves with a lot of kick and has often caught Nadal on the wrong foot. The Austrian can secure the balance with a few free points.
0:1: Nadal sniffs the break very easily and quickly leads 30: 0. Then, however, the Spaniard made two return errors on the second serve.
0:0: Nadal starts the service and the actors fire the balls around their ears without much time to get used to. The second rally goes over 21 strokes. With the better ending for Thiem, who is here at 15:15. Nadal serves confidently. At 40:15 he goes to the net and clears the ball cleanly with his backhand briefly cross. 1-0 Rafa.
0:0: Nadal is the first to serve. Let’s go in London.
The two players have met 14 times so far. The two clay court specialists met twelve times on their favorite surface, on which Nadal leads the direct comparison with 8: 4. Of the other two matches, both on hard court, both won one each.
The ATP Finals have been tough for Rafael Nadal in recent years. The Spaniard was in the semi-finals of the tournament for the last time in 2015.
Both Nadal and Thiem have overcome their opening hurdles. The Spaniard defeated Andrej Rublev in two sets, Thiem defeated last year’s winner Stefanos Tsitsipas in three. The winner today can already plan for the semi-finals.
For both opponents, the duel means the second match at the ATP Finals in London. The game is scheduled for 3 p.m. Before that, the German double Krawietz / Mies was in action.
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