From Alexander Tagger, London | 21:51, 10 November 2019
To warm up knocked Dominic Thiem yesterday at Center Court London's O2 Arena Rafael Nadal For two hours the balls soft, today the Austrian starts at 21 clock (Servus TV, live) against Roger Federer into the ATP final. For the fourth time in a row, the 26-year-old is involved in the seasonal showdown of the best eight players of the year, for the first time the light-sitter wants to at least fight in the semifinals.
For this, Thiem would have the group "BjOrn Borg", Which today (15 clock) with the duel Novak Djokovic versus Matteo Berrettini was opened and the Djokovic smooth in two sets won, at least survive in second place. That means in plain English, the Lower Austrians must either Federer or Djokovic a leg. Anything but a light but not impossible task. So Thiem never tires of emphasizing that he feels as strong as ever at this time of year. "In the last three years, my form has always been on the downslope, but this year it's been constant since the Laver Cup, so my confidence is much bigger."
A hefty dose of self-confidence will also be needed by the world ranking fifth today against Federer. The 38-year-old Swiss may call himself a six-time ATP Finals Champion and won 81 percent of his indoor matches – that's an indoor record. "I watched him practice here. Unbelievable what he does with the ball. How simple and noble everything looks ", Thiem enthuses about the Maestro, against whom he has an impressive 4-2 victory record. This year, he beat the Grand Slam record holder in both the Indian Wells final and Madrid quarterfinals. "It gets a lot more difficult here because the fast track is predestined for Roger. The numbers in his career are dimensions of a completely different kind. You have to win against him a bit more than a tennis match, you also have to defeat the legend. And I want to do that. "
How it could work? People would get to see the most aggressive thiem of all time in London, predicts the Austrian. "It has to be that way too, because it's important to be first on the peg on this rubber. For it is difficult or impossible, under these conditions of the defensive again come back to the offensive. "Self-proclaiming postscript:" It may also be that I'm here three super games and still lose three times. "