Thiem wrestles Federer at Finals

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Dominic Thiem started the tournament for the first time on his fourth appearance at the ATP Finals on Sunday. The 26-year-old from Lower Austria wrestled in front of 17,500 spectators in the London O2 arena the number 3 Swiss Roger Federer in the first group match after 1:40 hours with 7: 5,7: 5 down. Thiem will meet on Tuesday evening (21.00 CET in the oe24-LIVE-Ticker) on top favorite Novak Djokovic (SRB-2).

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Thiem is at the big show in London

For the 16-time tournament winner from LichtenwOrth, this means a fixed 200 ATP points for a win in the BjOrn Borg group and previously $ 430,000 (€ 389,704) in prize money. Thiem put in the head-to-head with Federer already on 5: 2 victories.

"Always especially to beat Roger"

"It was a great performance, my first opening win here at the finals," Thiem said on the court. "It's always awesome and breathtaking to get into this arena, especially when it's so full. we had a good and close match and it is always very special to beat Roger because he is an absolute legend.

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Megastar Federer had the disadvantage

As the two winners of the first group matches meet on Tuesday (as well as the losers), Thiem gets to deal with the next tennis legend in the second Round Robin game. Djokovic had confidently defeated Matteo Berrettini (ITA-8) in the afternoon with 6: 2.6: 1.

Thiem has his sights on the semi-finals

Thiem has missed out on the semi-finals in three appearances, each after only one win in the group, now he has excellent cards to reach his goal semi-finals. His fifth victory over Federer was as follows: "Luckily I have a pretty good record against him and I'm trying to keep going in this head-to-head."

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For Thiem his fourth ATP Finals started according to his taste. This year&#39;s Kitzbuhel and Vienna winner took a 2-0 lead after a break in the opening game. But Federer succeeded the rebreak to 2: 2 or 3: 2 lead. Then it was up to 5: 5 without loss of service, before Thiem with a break to 6: 5 the course for 1: 0 sentence management produced.



The second set was even more balanced, Thiem defended against a break ball in 1: 2, then everything headed for a tiebreak. But again the 16-times tournament winner Thiem managed the break at the right time against the 103-times champion Federer, that is 6: 5. Thiem managed after defending two breakballs in the twelfth game with the second match point the victory.


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                                        <h3>Thank you for your attention!</h3>
                                    Thiem wins in two sets against Federer - a perfect start to the ATP finals. Thiem will be playing Djokovic on Tuesday - live with the oe24-LIVE-Ticker. Have a nice Sunday evening!</p>             </div>


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                                        <h3>Thiem wins!</h3>
                                    <p>Thiem defeats Federer with 7: 5 and 7: 5!</p>                </div>


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                                        <h3>Second match ball!</h3>
                                    <p>What a game! Thiem has the next match ball after 1 hour 39 minutes.</p>              </div>


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                                        <h3>Again debut</h3>
                                    <p>Federer defends Thiems match ball, again 40:40.</p>              </div>


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                                        <h3>debut</h3>
                                    <p>40:40 - Thiem can fight breakball!</p>               </div>


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                                        <h3>Chance of re-break!</h3>
                                    <p>30:40 from the point of view of Thiem ... The audience pushes Federer full, Thiem has to stay focused.</p>               </div>


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                                        <h3>Cleverly played!</h3>
                                    <p>Federer still holds against it, plays a clever cross to 15:15! Every point now a big point!</p>              </div>


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                                        <h3>Thiem gets a break!</h3>
                                    <p>Perfect! Thiem gets this break to zero and puts on 6: 5. Thiem can serve up the match win. At the crucial moments, Thiem is today ice cold, while Federer sprinkles mistakes.</p>                </div>


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                                        <h3>Three break chances Thiem</h3>
                                    <p>Thiem first twice powerful and then Federer with the error! Thiem has three chances to break!</p>                </div>


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                                        <h3>Thiem to 5: 5</h3>
                                    <p>With an Ace Thiem sets to 5: 5, also allows little. In the second set he had only one break ball against him.</p>                </div>


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                                        <h3>Federer for 5: 4</h3>
                                    <p>Federer, who is already 17th (!) Time in the ATP finals, puts on 5: 4.</p>               </div>


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                                        <h3>Deuce!</h3>
                                    <p>Thiem forces Federer over debut. For Thiem but still no break chance in the second set.</p>              </div>


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                                        <h3>Game to Thiem!</h3>
                                    <p>Thiem wins the next long rally, 4: 4. Impressive as Thiem acts from the baseline, he is better than Federer.</p>             </div>


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                                        <h3>Delicate phase</h3>
                                    <p>30:30 at serve Thiem .. </p>             </div>


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                                        <h3>Federer for 4: 3</h3>
                                    <p>The Swiss wobbles and seems to be eaten. The game he gets in the end quite dry, but Thiem has added to him. </p>             </div>


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                                        <h3>Deuce!</h3>
                                    <p>Madness! Thiem fights and runs a lot, Federer then spits the simplest ball in the rally on the net. Thiem comes from 0:40 to 40:40. Is there anything else in this game?</p>             </div>


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                                        <h3>Thiem to 3: 3</h3>
                                    <p>Thiem sets with some effort to 3: 3. Again, he stays active and increases the pace at the right moment.</p>              </div>


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                                        <h3>Federer for 3: 2</h3>
                                    <p>Federer very safe to 3: 2. Only the forehand makes him to Thiem&#39;s ​​luck - always problems.</p>              </div>


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                                        <h3>Game for Thiem - 2: 2!</h3>
                                    <p>Thiem secures this extremely important and so far also by far the best game by far.</p>              </div>


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                                        <h3>Deuce!</h3>
                                    <p>Thiem wins a crazy rally, there were incredible angles of both players. Federer now uses a lot of the slice. 40:40</p>               </div>


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                                        <h3>Breakchance Federer</h3>
                                    <p>The first break chance in the second set Federer secures with a biographical book blow backhand longline.</p>                </div>


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                                        <h3>Federer for 2: 1</h3>
                                    <p>The Swiss makes three points in a row and still gets the game.</p>               </div>


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                                        <h3>It&#39;s getting closer to Federer</h3>
                                    <p>Thiem excellent on the net! 30:30</p>                </div>


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                                        <h3>Thiem to 1: 1</h3>
                                    <p>With Federer, the simple forehand errors increase. Also by Thiem so far it is a rather average performance. But Thiem got through somehow, was wide awake in important moments.</p>              </div>


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                                        <h3>Federer to 1: 0</h3>
                                    <p>Federer reawakened untouchable in this game. It is important for Thiem to be consistent with their own service and then to use the few opportunities that Federer offers. The superstar sometimes marches through three, four games with his own service effortless, but then there are a few small moments where he subsides.</p>               </div>


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                                        <h3>Federer opens set 2</h3>
                                    <p>The Swiss starts sentence 2 with service.</p>                </div>


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                                        <h3>Thiem gets set 1!</h3>
                                    <p>Yup! The first step to a perfect start is done. Thiem has started sensational, then he has cheated a bit again by mistake by Federer, but in the end he served better than the Swiss.</p>                </div>


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                                        <h3>Set Ball Thiem!</h3>
                                    <p>Yeah, very strong! Thiem in the rallies better than Federer. 40:30 and set ball!</p>             </div>


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                                        <h3>Longline backhand does not work</h3>
                                    <p>Thiem has not got the punch right this time, gets back in the net. 30:30! Can Thiem close the first set?</p>             </div>


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                                        <h3>Break from Thiem!</h3>
                                    <p>Yes! Thiem grabs the break for 6: 5! Federer with the wrong timing and Thiem can now serve out. Federer Thiem can not handle the backhand, while Thiem always scores a winner for the Swiss.</p>             </div>


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                                        <h3>Thiem gets breakball</h3>
                                    <p>Federer acts too casual, the ball goes into the net and Thiem has break-ball! Somewhat surprisingly, can he take the chance?</p>             </div>


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                                        <h3>Thiem to 5: 5</h3>
                                    <p>Served well, a bit faster through the middle and Thiem gets the game. 5: 5! </p>             </div>


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                                        <h3>Federer for 5: 4</h3>
                                    <p>The Swiss is about 5: 4, we are approaching the decision in the first set in a hurry. Like Thiem, Federer looks very fit at the end of the season.</p>               </div>


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                                        <h3>Thiem compensates - 4: 4</h3>
                                    <p>Bravo! Thiem confidently keeps his serve, everything in the row.</p>             </div>


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                                        <h3>Federer for 4: 3</h3>
                                    <p>Without counterpoint Federer puts on 4: 3. It looks very easy, the balls twice very thin on the line, because he was lucky. Thiem now at the service.</p>                </div>


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                                        <h3>Thiem to 3: 3</h3>
                                    <p>Good service and Thiem makes sure to 3: 3.</p>               </div>


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                                        <h3>Federer&#39;s tactic</h3>
                                    <p>Federer is looking for a way to make the rallies shorter. The longer it goes, the more Thiem has the advantage. 40: 0 for Thiem</p>              </div>


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                                        <h3>Federer strong</h3>
                                    <p>Strongly played by Federer! The Swiss finds his rhythm on the serve and gets this game for sure. But everything in the row, Thiem must now make sure that his first serves well come into the field. Going over the second one is very difficult against a Rucker Federer.</p>               </div>


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                                        <h3>Federer gets a break!</h3>
                                    <p>With the thunderous applause of 17,000 fans here in London Federer compensates. 2: 2!</p>                </div>


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                                        <h3>Deuce!</h3>
                                    <p>Thiem very focused and forward, but with one, two mistakes from the backhand side. 40:40</p>             </div>


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                                        <h3>Thiem remains active</h3>
                                    <p>Thiem but remains aggressive, always good after. 30:30</p>               </div>


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                                        <h3>Backhand in the out</h3>
                                    <p>Unfortunately, Thiem&#39;s ​​backhand sails slightly into the out. 15:30 from Thiem&#39;s ​​point of view</p>                </div>


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                                        <h3>Federer shortens to 1: 2</h3>
                                    <p>Very sovereign serve now by Federer. </p>                </div>


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                                        <h3>Thiem to 2: 0</h3>
                                    <p>Very toxic beginning of Thiem! He first serves comes, sits on the forehand. 2: 0 for Thiem!</p>              </div>


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                                        <h3>Full risk</h3>
                                    <p>Thiem goes there with all his might after Federer&#39;s return was not optimal. 40:15</p>                </div>


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                                        <h3>Federer is a crowd pleaser!</h3>
                                    <p>The fans in London mostly by the Swiss superstar. 30:15 - Thiem at the serve. Second network attack by Federer, second mistake.</p>              </div>


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                                        <h3>Break Thiem!</h3>
                                    <p>What a prelude! Federer starts very badly, Thiem goes 1-0 and Break takes the lead.</p>              </div>


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                                        <h3>Does Federer start slowly?</h3>
                                    <p>Federer always has tournaments where he needs some time to find his way to his game. It may well be that it is good for Thiem that he meets the legend right at the start. 15:40 - two breakballs still for Thiem!</p>               </div>


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                                        <h3>Here we go!</h3>
                                    <p>And the first Puntk goes to Thiem, Federer with the error on the net. 00:15</p>              </div>


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                                        <h3>Thiem strongest season</h3>
                                    <p>Thiem has recently blasted the $ 20 million mark in career prize money. He will have earned over six million dollars (€ 5.44 million) gross this year alone. But it&#39;s no longer just about money for players in their category. Thiem is not only a participant in the finals, he wants to beat Federer today. Federer will open with service.</p>               </div>


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                                        <h3>Special feeling at ATP Finals</h3>
                                    <p>The ATP finals: Where 17,500 fans in the O2 arena create a great atmosphere every day, where each player has his own cabin with his own portrait on the door and the exclusive boat trip over the Thames is special. &quot;That&#39;s the way it should be - it&#39;s the crowning end of the season and all the players who play there deserve it.&quot;</p>                </div>


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                                        <h3>Imposing enema</h3>
                                    <p>Thiem and Federer are introduced and come in, with light show and all the trimmings a really strong production here in London!</p>               </div>


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                                        <h3>Thiem at training</h3>
                                    <p>Thiem worked diligently in training. He took on today&#39;s match with his younger brother Moritz.

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                                        <h3>Thiem team in London</h3>
                                    <p>In addition to main coach Nicolas Massu, dad Wolfgang Thiem and physio Alex Stober, the fitness coach Duglas Cordero, who has also been involved since this year, will be part of the party in London. He serves Thiem in the O2 arena to &quot;just keep the physical shape&quot;. Even in Vienna there had been a few tougher units. &quot;They are also important for the liveliness.&quot;</p>               </div>


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                                        <h3>At 9 o&#39;clock you go!</h3>
                                    <p>Thiem and Federer will enter the square in a few minutes.</p>                </div>


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                                        <h3>Again and again illnesses</h3>
                                    <p>Thiem appeared yesterday with a hat in the mostly cool hall in London for an interview. He takes more care of himself, too often he had to be thrown back with viral diseases. &quot;These are experiences that I have made in recent years, I&#39;m getting older and more mature, I&#39;ve certainly done some stupid things myself,&quot; confessed Thiem.</p>                </div>


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                                        <h3>Thiem is in top form</h3>
                                    <p>In any case, the form for the ATP season finale has never been as good at Thiem as it is now. &quot;In the last three years, I came here on a descent, which is completely different this year, it is not soaring, but really consistent since the Laver Cup, that&#39;s a big difference,&quot; Thiem believes. As a result, his self-confidence is another.</p>                </div>


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                                        <h3>Grand Slam is still missing</h3>
                                    <p>Up to titles on Masters 1000 level have already made it some players, last March also Thiem in Indian Wells. &quot;The last thing we all lack is a Grand Slam title because Sascha (Alexander Zverev, note) won here last year,&quot; he recalled the German triumph at the 2018 ATP Finals in London. &quot;The change of guard will finally take place when the first born in the nineties wins a Grand Slam tournament.&quot; Of course, he would prefer nothing more than if he were born on September 3, 1993, this man. And he stalks steadily.</p>                </div>


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                                        <h3>Changing of the guard approaching</h3>
                                    <p>Still, it is the &quot;big three&quot; who split the Grand Slam titles almost exclusively among themselves. Thiem has already played twice, at the French Open 2018 and 2019, in the final, each time Nadal was still too strong. Nevertheless, the change of the guard will come. &quot;There&#39;s no need to worry about tennis, the players who follow suit are all very attractive, completely different, and of course we should at some point start celebrating big successes,&quot; Thiem says.</p>              </div>


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                                        <h3>NextGen and three megastars</h3>
                                    <p>On the contrary, there is a lot of progress from the younger generation. He became aware of this in the run-up to London at an appointment with all eight participants this year. &quot;That&#39;s when I had a weird moment when Djokovic, Nadal and Federer sat where we had to take over the other five, and I was the oldest of the remaining five,&quot; Thiem said with a laugh.</p>               </div>


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                                        <h3>Thiem without reverence for Federer</h3>
                                    <p>Thiem, the world ranking fifth and already 16-times tournament winner, solidified no longer in awe of the greats of this sport. On the one hand, because he has beaten everyone several times, on the other hand, because in some cases friendships with Federer and Co. have developed. &quot;I&#39;ve been in the &#39;Radl&#39; for three or four years, and I enjoy it the way it is, it&#39;s become a good habit,&quot; Thiem said.</p>                </div>


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                                        <h3>Thiem is one of the greats</h3>
                                    <p>For outsiders, it may be something special to see Dominic Thiem in the midst of tennis legends Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. But the now 26-year-old Lower Austrian has established himself for years in the world&#39;s top. He has become part of the star team. &quot;That&#39;s almost normal now,&quot; said Thiem before his first appearance at this year&#39;s ATP Finals.</p>             </div>


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                                        <h3>Welcome to the oe24-LIVE-Ticker!</h3>
                                    <p>Dominic Thiem meets today at the start of the ATP Finals tennis legend Roger Federer. Oe24 tickles for you LIVE!</p>             </div>


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