Thiem wins for 1st time at ATP finals
● Novak Djokovic beats Raonic with two tie breaks to grab second victory
After going through another second-set letdown, Dominic Thiem put things right and gave himself a chance to reach the semifinals at the ATP finals.
The eighth-seeded Austrian, who is making his debut at the season-ending tournament, held on to beat Gael Monfils 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 yesterday, making him 1-1 in the round robin.
In his opening match on Sunday, Thiem lost to Novak Djokovic after winning the first set. In the second set of that match, he was blanked 6-0.
"I tried to avoid the mistake I did in the first match, to drop a little bit. Didn't really happen that good," Thiem said. "But I was trying to stay tough in the third set."
He got some help this time, though.
Although Monfils improved in the second set, winning all three of his break points to force a decider, his service game never really got going. In the final game of the match, the Frenchman gave it away with three of his five double-faults.
"It was a tough one," said Monfils, who is still recovering from a rib injury that forced him out of the Paris Masters at the end of last month. "I think I didn't play a great match, but I gave everything I had."
Because of his injury, Monfils said he may pull out of his final match against Djokovic — even though he still has a slim chance of reaching the semifinals.
Thiem is in a better position to qualify, but will need to beat Milos Raonic tomorrow.
In the evening match Novak Djokovic needed two tie breaks to beat Milos Raonic 7-6, 7-6, in two hours and fourteen minutes.
This second consecutive win for the wrold’s number two, means that he already made it for Saturday’s semi finals, probably as a group winner.