Dominic Thiem mastered the tiebreakers once more to get the higher of Rafael Nadal, beating the 20-time Grand Slam champion in straight units on Tuesday for a second win on the ATP Finals.
Thiem clinched a 7-6 (7), 7-6 (Four) win on his fifth match level of their first assembly for the reason that Australian Open quarterfinals in January, when the Austrian participant prevailed after profitable three tiebreakers in a good four-set match.
The US Open champion opened group play within the season-ending occasion with a three-set victory over defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday, and will likely be assured qualification for the semifinals if Tsitsipas beats match newcomer Andrey Rublev within the night match.
Nadal, who beat Rublev in straight units of their opener, missed an opportunity to qualify with a match to spare and subsequent will play Tsitsipas on Thursday with a semifinal place at stake.
Thiem received the primary set after coming from 5-2 down within the tiebreaker, saving two set factors within the course of.
There was high-quality shot-making all through the match, however not least when Thiem produced two inside-out forehand winners in a three-point span to shut the tiebreaker — the primary on set level for Nadal at 6-7 after which to clinch the set.
After each gamers had their service damaged within the second set, Nadal saved three match factors when serving at 5-Four and 40-Zero down. He received 5 straight factors in that sport, with one together with a lob from a ’tweener that Thiem simply managed to get again earlier than Nadal powered a backhand down the road.
Thiem received three straight factors to maneuver 6-Three forward within the tiebreaker. Nadal saved one other match level however despatched a drained backhand simply broad to lose the match.