Dominic Thiem felt he was ‘a little bit lucky’ in the deciding set tiebreak in opposition to Novak Djokovic as he booked his spot in the ultimate of the ATP Finals for a second time.
Thiem was 0-Four down in the breaker however gained six factors in a row to flip it on its head and clinch one other wonderful 7-5 6-7 (10-12) 7-6 (7-5) victory over Djokovic on the O2.
It appeared as if Thiem could be left ruing 4 match factors missed in the second set tiebreak – the second of which he doublefaulted on – and the Austrian admitted he was ‘tight’ in massive moments.
But after being hailed by Djokovic for enjoying lights out tennis when it actually mattered on the dying, Thiem – who will face both Rafael Nadal or Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s closing – urged he’d loved a good slice of fortune to get the win.
‘I kind of almost believed in myself, and honestly also have to say that today I got a little bit lucky at the end in the third-set tiebreak,’ mentioned Thiem.
‘I mean, of course it’s wonderful. I gained two in opposition to Rafa, I gained the deciding at present in opposition to Nole, the tiebreak. But nonetheless, I imply, it’s a lot on the sting.
‘From 0-4 in the third-set tiebreak I went for every single shot and every single shot went in. I mean, it was amazing, and it’s not gonna be like that in each match I play.
‘Of course I’m tremendous glad that it labored out at present, however it’s not gonna be like that in each match. I do know that. I’m simply tremendous glad that in such an essential match just like the semi-finals of the Nitto ATP Finals it labored out like that.
‘Today, for instance, in the second-set tiebreak, I was mentally not that robust. I acquired so tight once I had two match factors by myself serve. The first one was a double fault. I was like so tight in my complete physique. Then the second, as effectively.
‘So it’s at all times like form of so shut, these matches, that, effectively, on the finish, the one who was a little bit luckier finally ends up successful.’
It would definitely be unfair to place all of it all the way down to luck.
Thiem is the one participant apart from Andy Murray to beat every of the ‘Big Three’ of Djokovic, Nadal – who he defeated in the group levels – and Roger Federer not less than 5 instances.
And the 27-year-old, who boasts a ferocious one-handed backhand, revealed he relishes the chance to face off in opposition to the three greats of the game.
‘That is super special to me,’ he mentioned of becoming a member of Murray in frequently beating the ‘Big Three’. ‘ I mean, some things are super special about today’s victory. It was my 300th tour-level win, which is wonderful to me.
‘And then to beat every single of the three best players of all time five times each, it’s one thing nice for me. Super good statistics.
‘But still, as I said after the match against Rafa, every single match against them is a huge privilege. It’s an enormous alternative to study. Of course in the event you beat these guys, it provides you an enormous increase of confidence.’
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