Djokovic beats Zverev, advances to semifinals at ATP Finals

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It seemed to throw off Thiem, who had won three of the pair's previous four matches, including in straight sets in the semifinals in NY in September en route to his first Grand Slam trophy. "I got so tight in the second-set tie-break because to play these legends is always going to be something special", said Thiem.

The 24-year-old Russian closed 2020 by going 10-0 in November, including seven wins against members of the Top 10.

"At the end of the set I was playing a little bit better than him, and then in the 5-4 I think he played a good game and I didn't", he said in his post-match virtual press conference. "But I guess it wasn't developed because we just did not have the cases like this previously".

Earlier, in the other semi-final, Thiem had edged world number one Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-7 (12-10), 7-6 (7-5) to reach the final of the year-ending tournament for the second consecutive year.

Dominic Thiem recovered from squandering five match points to beat Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-7 (10/12), 7-6 (7/5) and reach the title match at the ATP Finals in London on Saturday.

Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev defeated Spanish player Rafael Nadal in the semifinals of the final tournament of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) in London, securing a place in the ATP final. I actually didn't play bad any point after 4-0.

And he completed victory on his first match point to seal a maiden win over Nadal.

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Medvedev led Nadal 5-1 in the third set during a round-robin clash a year ago only to lose, while he was also beaten in five sets by the Spaniard in the 2019 US Open final.

"I was just as tight and nervous as before and it was so much on the edge, the match". Both players are at the height of their powers and this match, like so numerous best, will be won by mentality.

"At 5-4 in the second set I made a decision to change some small things and start going for things a little more".

"All the match till 5-4 I felt like I was doing some good things but not enough, and I didn't feel inside myself, inside my mind, my game, the link between the shots, which I started feeling after I broke him", Medvedev told reporters. I lost a big opportunity. We are starting to make our mark. "Anyway now we're going to have again a first-time victor, no matter what happens in the second semi-final". I couldn't return in the important moments, I couldn't make a good shot in the important moments.

Djokovic, 33, earned his first break point of the match in the eighth game but Thiem snuffed out the danger.

Medvedev, who is 1-3 against Thiem, has that momentum going again. He is not the most ruthless closer of matches when front running, but hits the ball off the ground with such power that he is capable of ascending all the way to the top in 2021.

"Dominic is playing fantastic right now". Very nice guy. I have a lot of respect for him, his family.

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