Both males helped ship an exhilarating match with the Austrian rising victorious from the high-quality affair after successful two tiebreakers — 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-4).
It’s only a disgrace no followers have been within the area to witness the encounter, with matches being performed behind closed doorways on the O2 Arena in London amid the pandemic.
Those watching from dwelling have been handled to a real spectacle although — the opening set alone lasted one hour and 12 minutes with each males making simply 19 unforced errors between them.
“It was a great match from the first to the last point. I was pretty lucky to get the first set,” Thiem stated after the match.
“I knew I had a slight advantage when I won the first set but I had to stay super focused. The atmosphere would have been unreal today I guess, but I hope that we put a very good show on for all the people who watched on TV.
“It’s very powerful occasions in the meanwhile, strict lockdowns in a lot of the international locations in addition to in Austria since in the present day.
“So I really hope people enjoyed the match back home and they forgot a little bit for two hours, 30 minutes the tough times we’re living through right now.”
As of November 17, Austria is getting into stricter lockdown measures with individuals solely allowed to go away their houses for a particular cause, corresponding to going to work, searching for fundamental items, and for medical appointments.
Bars, pubs and eating places at the moment are closed together with faculties, with instructing being carried out remotely.
The new measures are scheduled to run till December 6, says the inside ministry.
Thiem confronted two set factors in an intense opening set which noticed each males push one another to their highest tennis.
It was the Austrian who held his nerve within the tiebreaker although, slapping an exquisite forehand throughout the courtroom to take the lead within the match.
Nadal, who brushed apart Andrey Rublev 6-3 6-4 in his opening match, might barely have performed higher and the degrees did not drop initially of a rare second set.
The Spaniard’s kind did briefly abandon him when serving to remain within the match although, after he made three uncharacteristic errors which handed Thiem three match factors.
However, the 20-time grand slam champion pulled off a surprising escape to remain within the encounter and ultimately power a tiebreak, with Thiem as soon as once more edging it.
“I think it’s important that we players who are privileged to do our job, give all the people who are not that privileged a great time,” Thiem added.
The reigning US Open champion might progress to the semifinals of the event with one recreation to spare if Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Rublev afterward Tuesday,
Nadal, who has by no means gained the ATP Finals, can nonetheless attain the knockout levels ought to he beat Tsitsipas in his subsequent match