LONDON (Reuters) – Austria’s Dominic Thiem booked a semi-final spot at the ATP Finals with a stunning victory over Novak Djokovic in the standout match of the tournament so far on Tuesday.
The world number five ripped winners all over the 02 Arena’s blue court to rock five-time champion Djokovic on his heels for a 6-7(5) 6-3 7-6(5) victory and move top of the group.
Djokovic played a full part in an exhilarating contest but could not quite match the firepower of the 26-year-old who has now beaten him in four of their last five meetings.
The Serb seemed to have weathered the storm as he fought back from a break down in the decider and came within millimeters of a match point when Thiem served at 4-5 30-30 and won a Hawkeye challenge after his rasping forehand was shown to have clipped a line.
Thiem then broke the Djokovic serve at 5-5 but could not serve it out and was dragged into a tiebreak.
Djokovic led 4-1 but Thiem would not be denied and reeled off five points in a row to give himself two match points.