Tennis: Thiem slumps as Nadal and Tsitsipas put together for ATP Finals showdown

Tennis: Thiem slumps as Nadal and Tsitsipas prepare for ATP Finals showdown

Dominic Thiem slumped to defeat in opposition to Andrey Rublev in a useless rubber on the ATP Finals on Thursday as reigning champion Stefanos Tsitsipas and Rafael Nadal ready for a shootout to succeed in the semi-finals.

Austria’s Thiem, who beat Tsitsipas and Nadal earlier within the week to win Group London 2020, was nicely beneath his finest at London’s empty O2 Area in a 6-2, 7-5 defeat.

Rublev, 23, broke the third seed twice to race right into a 3-0 lead firstly of the round-robin match.

Thiem stopped the rot and began holding his serve however couldn’t make inroads into the Russian’s serve and the set was over in simply 25 minutes.

US Open champion Thiem, taking part in considerably beneath par, tried to dig deep in opposition to Rublev, who has had a breakthrough season, profitable 5 titles.

However the Russian, who was within the groove, handed Thiem within the third sport to interrupt for the third time within the match and set up an iron grip.

Simply when it appeared probably he would canter to victory his degree dipped and he dumped a forehand into the web at hand Thiem a break, smashing the ball away in frustration.

At 4-4 the Austrian gave the impression to be again within the contest however was damaged once more within the eleventh sport, sending an angled backhand huge.

Rublev missed a simple overhead as he served for the match however sealed the win with an ace.

“I began very well for the reason that first level, the primary return and I feel Dominic did not begin that nicely,” mentioned Rublev.

“I took benefit from the start and that helped me to have extra confidence and helped me to play higher and higher.

“It was not simple for Dominic however I feel he’s additionally targeted now already on the semis so I want him the perfect of luck. He deserves to be the place he’s and he deserves to win the title.”

French Open champion Nadal, looking for to win the ATP Finals for the primary time in his illustrious profession, has a 5-1 profitable document in opposition to Tsitsipas however the Greek will take confidence from final yr’s win in London.

Daniil Medvedev has already certified from Group Tokyo 1970 — 2018 champion Alexander Zverev and high seed Novak Djokovic will battle it out on Friday to affix him within the semis.

The O2 Area is internet hosting the elite eight-man occasion for the twelfth and remaining season earlier than the championships transfer to Turin.

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