Thiem thought he was more relaxed because of the US Open victory: “But that was a mistake” | NOW
Dominic Thiem is surprised that he got nervous in the semifinals of the ATP final against Novak Djokovic on Saturday. The Austrian thought his win at the US Open in September would make him more relaxed at crucial moments of a game. He has won.
“It was a mental battle. The tie-break of the second set was so exciting. I thought that after my first Grand Slam title in New York I would be a little calmer in times like this, but no. I was just as nervous as before.” Said Thiem after the party in London.
The 27-year-old Thiem was able to get off the track after almost three hours against Djokovic: 7-5, 6-7 (10) and 7-6 (5). The number three in the world received four match points in the second set, but did not use them. In the tie-break of the third set, it worked at its sixth power point.
“All the games here at the ATP finals are like that conclude, but that’s because the best tennis players in the world face each other here, “continued Thiem.” That’s why I’m so incredibly happy to have won. I am now preparing for tomorrow’s final. “
Novak Djokovic congratulates Dominic Thiem. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Djokovic: ‘Thiem from 0-4 really unbelievable’
Djokovic did not reproach himself after the game and praised his opponent from Austria. Due to the defeat, the Serb remains with five titles in the ATP final, one less than record holder Roger Federer.
“What Dominic did in the tie break of the third set of 0: 4 was really unbelievable,” said Djokovic, who saw that Thiem scored six points in a row in this position in the decisive tie break. “He did everything right. I can only congratulate him because I didn’t even play badly there.”
“I was at all points of the rally and didn’t play violent, but he got over me and was just great. What can you do about it?” Said Djokovic, who finished the 2020 calendar year as number one in the world despite his elimination.