There was very little that separated both the players for the majority of the match. However, Thiem’s display of power and precision proved too good to be true for Djokovic.
The Austrian was on the money right from the start unleashing his powerful serves and trademark inside-out forehands.
On the contrary, the Serb however struggled with his first serve throughout. As a result, he was relying more on long rallies hoping to induce errors from his opponent.
The 27-year-old at one point seemed would run out of steam, but not to be. Albeit the energy he was putting into every game, it just kept increasing as the match wore on.
With the first semi-final done and dusted, Thiem will play the winner of Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev from the second.
Dominic Thiem vs Novak Djokovic Key Moments In The Match
Both Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic held their serves until 5-5. Thiem for the first time broke Djokovic to make it 6-5 and then wrapped up the set in no time.
While the third seed was one up, there were literally no easy points to be had.
Thiem, courtesy of some brilliant tennis broke Djokovic again to take the tally to 4-3. Playing on, he faltered with a double fault when on match point #1 to take the game into the tie-break.
Keeping composure and winning big moments has been a feature of Djokovic’s game and today was no different. He held 4 Match Points from Thiem to drag the match into the deciding set.
The classic display of tennis continued. Two hours and thirty minutes on the clock and we weren’t done yet. Tie break number two.
The World No.1 started relatively well posting 3-0 on the board. But, safe to say the World No.3 saved his best for the last. He made a comeback for the ages to make it 4-3
Finally, Djokovic, not before he negated two more match points off Thiem, hit a drag volley long enough to hand the finals spot to Thiem.
Dominic Thiem has played marathon matches in the Nitto ATP Finals 2020 so far. He would be keen to get some rest, recover well and replicate today’s effort to bag the year-end championship and cap off 2020 on a high.