Djokovic ral­lies for win in sea­son-end­ing ATP

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

No­vak Djokovic, who has a chance to re­claim the No. 1 rank­ing, ral­lied to beat Do­minic Thiem 6-7 (10), 6-0, 6-2 Sun­day in his open­ing match at the sea­son-end­ing ATP fi­nals.

LONDON >> No­vak Djokovic sur­vived an early set­back, and then made it look all too easy.

The sec­ond-ranked Serb, who has a chance to re­claim the No. 1 rank­ing at the O2 Arena next week­end, ral­lied to beat Do­minic Thiem 6-7 (10), 6-0, 6-2 Sun­day in his open­ing match at the sea­son-end­ing ATP fi­nals.

Djokovic won nine of 10 games to take con­trol of the match after los­ing the first set in a tiebreaker. And even that was close.

“Yeah, a thrilling tiebreaker,” Djokovic said. “I had, I think, only one set point. He just played a good point. I was in the rally, but he just was go­ing for his shots.”

Thiem had his first three set points at 6-3 in the tiebreaker, but he dou­ble-faulted twice and then put a back­hand into the net to make it 6-6.

Djokovic had a chance, too, lead­ing 9-8. But he couldn’t close it out with Thiem serv­ing, even­tu­ally hit­ting a back­hand long.

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