Dominic Thiem of Austria defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece within the first match of the ATP Finals event right here on Sunday.
The Austrian tennis participant, who’s ranked No. Three on this planet, gained 7-6(5), Four-6, 6-Three in opposition to the world No. 6.
Thiem hit 9 aces in opposition to Tsitsipas’s eight within the two-hour 17-minute match.
This was a revenge match for Thiem who had misplaced to his Greek opponent within the last of the event final 12 months.
After the primary two units have been carefully fought, the US Open champion raised his sport in the beginning of the third set to subdue Tsitsipas.
“I skilled up to now 4 years how vital it’s to have an excellent begin on this event, to ideally win the primary match. I’m very joyful that I did it,” mentioned Thiem in after the sport.
Tsitsipas is the primary defending champion to lose his opening match at this occasion since Roger Federer in 2008.
“He handled my serve higher and took time to step again and apply extra stress to me [on] among the second serves that I had early within the third set. I feel that paid off for him,” mentioned Tsitsipas after the sport.
World No. 2 Rafael Nadal opens with Andrey Rublev of Russia later within the day whereas Novak Djokovic performs David Schwartzman on Monday.