London: Dominic Thiem got here again from the brink of defeat to beat Novak Djokovic in a gripping last-four conflict on the ATP Finals on Saturday as he reached the ultimate for the second successive 12 months.
The 27-year-old Austrian gave the impression to be sliding to defeat when he trailed 0-Four within the third-set tiebreak however stormed again to assert a 7-5, 6-7(10), 7-6(5) victory in just below three hours.
World quantity three Thiem was the higher participant within the first set, sealing it with an ace after breaking serve at 5-5.
An absorbing second-set tiebreak noticed Thiem get 4 probabilities to seal victory however he double-faulted on one match level and Djokovic confirmed true grit to grab the set.
Serves dominated within the decider and when Thiem began the day`s second tiebreaker after which misplaced the subsequent three factors it appeared as if the tip was close to.
As a substitute the world quantity three roared again, profitable the subsequent six factors.
Djokovic saved a fifth match level however Thiem lastly received the job carried out when a Djokovic groundstroke drifted lengthy.
Thiem will now attempt to full a exceptional 12 months, during which he claimed his first Grand Slam title by profitable the U.S. Open, towards both Rafa Nadal or Daniil Medvedev in Sunday`s climax.
“It was a psychological battle, I received so tight within the second-set tiebreak,” Thiem, who avenged his defeat by Djokovic on this 12 months`s Australian Open ultimate, stated on courtroom.
“To play these legends is at all times particular and to participant right here can also be one thing particular. I believed after profitable the title in New York I might be extra calm, however that was a mistake I assume.”
Thiem will try and go one higher than final 12 months when he misplaced to Stefanos Tsitsipas within the ultimate.
Defeat means Djokovic must wait till the occasion strikes to Turin subsequent 12 months, after 12 years in London, to strive once more to equal Roger Federer`s six titles on the year-ender.