The reigning US Open champion produced his finest tennis throughout the match’s largest factors, saving break factors and set factors to qualify for Sunday’s last.
Both gamers had been evenly matched within the opening set till Thiem obtained the primary break of the match late into the primary set which ultimately proved decisive.
The pair performed out a mammoth second set tie break, with each struggling to hit the successful shot, earlier than Djokovic ultimately managed to edge it.
In the decisive third set, as soon as once more they could not be separated, and Thiem produced a exceptional comeback within the third set tie break, coming from 4-0 right down to ultimately win and advance to the ultimate in London for the second 12 months in a row.
“It was for sure a mental battle,” Thiem stated afterward.
“I mean, I got so tight in the second set tie break, first of all because to play these legends is always going to be something special and playing for a final at the ATP Finals is also something very special. I thought after my first big title in New York, I’m going to be a little bit more calm but that was a mistake, I guess,” Thiem stated.
“I was just as tight and just as nervous as before. And it was so much on the edge, that match, like every single match here where the best players in the world are facing off. So I’m just incredibly happy to be through and just try to get ready for tomorrow.”
Not a lot to separate them
In a cagey opening set, every participant held on to their companies video games till very late, with their highly effective serves and glorious floor video games proving an excessive amount of for one another.
The pressure proved all an excessive amount of for Thiem at one level as, after shedding a sport to present Djokovic the lead within the opening set, he tossed his racket off the court docket into the stands in obvious frustration.
The decisive break got here within the eleventh sport of the tight set, as Thiem ultimately edged a Djokovic service sport to make the rating 6-5. He held on to his following service sport to win the opening set and transfer inside a set of a spot within the last.
After the quick break for the gamers to catch their breath and tackle some vitamins, the second set started in an identical vein, with each gamers holding serve.
Djokovic, trying stronger because the match progressed, did not capitalize on any of the break factors he crafted for himself, because the second set continued all degree.
And as he had performed all match, Thiem stepped up throughout the largest factors of the sport, saving two set factors in his last service sport to take the second set to a tie break.
As was changing into clear, each gamers struggled to be separated within the tie break. Djokovic raced right into a 4-2 lead earlier than Thiem roared again, just for Djokovic to avoid wasting two match factors shortly after.
The pair continued to forestall one another successful the second set, saving match factors and set factors, earlier than Djokovic clinched the set-winning level as Thiem’s backhand return may solely discover the online.
In the all-important third set, it was extra of the identical. Both gamers held function they struggled to interrupt down each other, needing a tie break to determine them as soon as extra.
Having raced right into a 4-0 lead, Djokovic did not cease Thiem recovering to degree the tie break earlier than the Austrian ultimately took the lead.
Djokovic saved one match level however couldn’t save the second as Thiem superior to the ultimate.
Thiem will face both Daniil Medvedev or Rafael Nadal within the last on Sunday. Medvedev and Nadal play later Saturday.