Dominic Thiem slumped to defeat in opposition to Andrey Rublev in a lifeless rubber on the ATP Finals on Thursday, as reigning champion Stefanos Tsitsipas and Rafael Nadal ready for a shootout to achieve the semi-finals. Austria’s Thiem, who beat Tsitsipas and Nadal earlier within the week to win Group London 2020, was properly beneath his greatest at London’s empty O2 Enviornment in a 6-2, 7-5 defeat. Rublev, 23, broke the third seed twice to race right into a 3-Zero lead at first of the round-robin match.
Thiem stopped the rot and began holding his serve however couldn’t make inroads into the Russian’s serve, and the set was over in simply 25 minutes.
US Open champion Thiem, enjoying considerably beneath par, tried to dig deep in opposition to Rublev, who has had a breakthrough season, successful 5 titles.
However the Russian, who was within the groove, handed Thiem within the third recreation to interrupt for the third time within the match and set up an iron grip.
Simply when it appeared probably he would canter to victory his degree dipped and he dumped a forehand into the online at hand Thiem a break, smashing the ball away in frustration.
At 4-4, the Austrian gave the impression to be again within the contest however was damaged once more within the 11th recreation, sending an angled backhand vast.
Rublev missed a straightforward overhead as he served for the match however sealed the win with an ace.
“I began rather well because the first level, the primary return and I believe Dominic did not begin that properly,” mentioned Rublev.
“I took benefit from the start and that helped me to have extra confidence and helped me to play higher and higher.”
“It was not straightforward for Dominic however I believe he’s additionally centered now already on the semis so I want him the perfect of luck. He deserves to be the place he’s and he deserves to win the title.”
French Open champion Nadal, in search of to win the ATP Finals for the primary time in his illustrious profession, has a 5-1 successful document in opposition to Tsitsipas however the Greek will take confidence from final yr’s win in London.
The O2 Enviornment is internet hosting the elite eight-man occasion for the 12th and last season earlier than the championships transfer to Turin.
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