ATP Tour

Thiem beats Djokovic in thriller to reach title match at ATP Finals

0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Dominic Thiem celebrates at the ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 Arena in London on 15 November 2020. (Getty Images)
Dominic Thiem celebrates at the ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 Arena in London on 15 November 2020. (Getty Images)

Dominic Thiem recovered from squandering four match points in a dramatic second-set tie-break to beat Novak Djokovic in the last four at the ATP Finals on Saturday.

The US Open champion won 7-5, 6-7 (10/12), 7-6 (7/5) and will face either Rafael Nadal or Daniil Medvedev in Sunday's final at the elite eight-man event.

The world's top four players all made it through to the semi-finals for the first time at London's O2 Arena, which is hosting the season-ending event for the 12th and final year.

Thiem forced the only break to take a tight first set 7-5 but neither player could make the breakthrough in the second set, which went to a tie-break.

Thiem had four match points but agonisingly watched them all slip away as 17-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic levelled.

It was a similar story in the third set, with both players rock-solid on serve and the match came down to a deciding tie-break.

The Serbian world number one raced into a 4-0 lead and looked certain to win but Thiem stormed back, winning six points in a row to earn two more match points.

He was unable to capitalise on the first of those but won the second to take the match.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
loading... Live
Orlando Pirates 0
Baroka FC 0
loading... Live
Manchester City 0
Burnley 0
loading... Live
Griquas 0
Lions 0
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
42% - 10055 votes
Cricket
11% - 2698 votes
Football
19% - 4546 votes
Athletics
2% - 595 votes
Boxing
1% - 226 votes
Cycling
2% - 553 votes
Golf
5% - 1185 votes
Motorsport
8% - 1997 votes
Tennis
3% - 809 votes
Water sports
1% - 213 votes
American sports
1% - 298 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 771 votes
Vote