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ATP: Dominic Thiem beats World’s No 1 Novak Djokovic to reach the final

Dominic Thiem reached his second straight final at the ATP Finals with a three-set victory over world number one Novak Djokovic on Saturday.

Thiem impressed throughout the match and rallied after failing to convert four match points in the second set tiebreak, eventually prevailing 7-5 6-7(10), 7-6(5) in two hours and 54 minutes.

Thiem has transformed himself on hard courts in recent seasons and this match was a perfect example of that, as he went toe-to-toe with Djokovic throughout and saved all three break points against him with some strong serving.

The Austrian, who won his first Grand Slam at the US Open this year, is in the final for a second time at this tournament and will be hoping to go one step further after losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas in a final set tiebreak last year.

Djokovic was aiming to equal Roger Federer’s record of six ATP Finals titles this week though once again fell short, and has now not one this title since defeating Federer in the final five years ago.

The Serbian is generally reliant on his strong returning though was able to create just three break points today, looking ineffective at times and regularly unable to penetrate Thiem’s serve consistently and at potential openings.

Thiem will face either Daniil Medvedev or Rafael Nadal tomorrow in the final, with their semifinal taking place later tonight.

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