Dim­itrov edges Thiem

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Lon­don, UK - Grigor Dim­itrov launched his bid for glory at the ATP Fi­nals on Mon­day with a 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 hard-fought vic­tory over Do­minic Thiem.

A sin­gle break was enough for Bul­garia's Dim­itrov to take the first set, with Thiem only manag­ing to land 37 per cent of first serves in front of a size­able crowd at Lon­don's O2 Arena.

In a tight sec­ond set, sixth seed Dim­itrov earned a po­ten­tially de­ci­sive break point in the 11th game but Thiem, whose ser­vice num­bers im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly, held firm, lash­ing a fore­hand win­ner down the line and edg­ing ahead 6-5.

Aus­tria's Thiem, the fourth seed, pressed home his ad­van­tage, mak­ing the most of some nervy play by Dim­itrov to break to love and level the match.

In a topsy-turvy de­cider, Dim­itrov served for the match af­ter a sin­gle break but blew his chance as Thiem broke back to level the set at 5-5. But the Bul­gar­ian hit back again im­me­di­ately to break his op­po­nent and, de­spite squan­der­ing two match points, held his nerve to close out the match.

Ear­lier on Sun­day, in the other match of Roger Fed­erer's group, ris­ing Ger­man star Alexan­der Zverev beat Croa­tia's Marin Cilic 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Grigor Dim­itrov

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