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ATP Finals: Dominic Thiem Masters Tiebreakers Again to Beat Rafael Nadal 7-6, 7-6

Thiem Masters Tiebreakers Again To Beat Nadal In ATP Finals
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Thiem Masters Tiebreakers Again To Beat Nadal In ATP Finals (Photo Credit: AFP)

Dominic Thiem mastered the tiebreakers again to get the better of Rafael Nadal, beating the 20time Grand Slam champion in straight sets on Tuesday for a second win at the ATP Finals.

Dominic Thiem mastered the tiebreakers again to get the better of Rafael Nadal, beating the 20-time Grand Slam champion in straight sets on Tuesday for a second win at the ATP Finals.

Thiem clinched a 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4) win on his fifth match point in their first meeting since the Australian Open quarterfinals in January, when the Austrian player prevailed after winning three tiebreakers in a tight four-set match.

The U.S. Open champion opened group play in the season-ending event with a three-set victory over defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday, and will be guaranteed qualification for the semifinals if Tsitsipas beats tournament newcomer Andrey Rublev in the evening match.

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Nadal, who beat Rublev in straight sets in their opener, missed a chance to qualify with a match to spare and next will play Tsitsipas on Thursday with a semifinal place at stake.

Thiem won the first set after coming from 5-2 down in the tiebreaker, saving two set points in the process.

There was high-quality shot-making throughout the match, but not least when Thiem produced two inside-out forehand winners in a three-point span to close the tiebreaker the first onset point for Nadal at 6-7 and then to clinch the set.

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After both players had their service broken in the second set, Nadal saved three match points when serving at 5-4 and 40-0 down. He won five straight points in that game, with one including a lob from a tweener that Thiem just managed to get back before Nadal powered a backhand down the line.

Thiem won three straight points to move 6-3 ahead in the tiebreaker. Nadal saved another match point but sent a tired backhand just wide to lose the match.


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