Dominic Thiem (3º ATP) beat number 1 in a spectacular duel Novak Djokovic; 7-5, 6-7 (10/12) and 7-6 (7/5), and will play the final of the Masters on Sunday against Daniil Medvedev (4th), which went back to Rafael Nadal (2nd); 3-6, 7-6 (7/4) and 6-3.
Thiem, runner-up last year – triumph of Stefanos Tsitsipas-, and winner of the last US Open, was able to come back in the deciding set a 4-0 adverse in the tie break against Djokovic, the king of this exercise, who had not yet lost one in 2020.
In 02 Arena London, without an audience due to the pandemic in its 12th and last edition before the tournament moves to Turin, Thiem it had imposed on the first set by taking advantage of its only break.
Both tennis players saved their serve in the next one, which fell from the hand of ‘Djoker‘, the great master of sudden deaths, after Thiem had four match balls.
The Austrian looked tired and could be sorry for the missed opportunity. Nothing of that. Both tennis players took care of their serve again until the end, but this time Thiem signed a historic comeback in the tie break and from the adverse 4-0 he went on to triumph based on whipping and with six consecutive points.
Considered the best indoor player on the circuit, the Serbian, who I was looking to equal the record from six wins in the masters tournament that has Roger Federer, you will have to wait for the next edition.
Nadal ran out of gas
In the second turn, in another high-altitude duel, Daniil Medvedev kept closing the doors to Rafael Nadal at Masters, the only big trophy missing.
To the Spanish legend the gasoline ran out midway through the third set, accumulating balls to the net and without his usual energy, while Medvedev maintained his level, which served him to achieve his fourth win of the week and play the title match of a tournament in which he debuted last year with three defeats in the group stage.
Before the español I had been very close to victory after come back in the second round, until an unexpected break on the part of the Russian triggered the tie.
In the first sleeve Nadal, with problems closing the games with his serve, he had taken advantage of a moment of doubts about Medvedev, very solid with their service until got tangled up with the remains of the Spanish.