ATP Finals | Federer bumps into his nemesis


Again Dominic Thiem, the rival that has won him the most times in the last three years, was able with Roger Federer, this time on the opening day of the ATP Finals. The Austrian is now the nemesis of the Swiss, who has defeated, with this, five occasions (5-2 in the particular balance). He has already done it, in addition, on all surfaces: earth, grass, hard and indoor.

Thiem certified Federer's defeat with a double 7-5 in 100 minutes. He was better than his rival, mostly misguided with the drive (13 unforced errors), without reward for his bravery, his game of attack, serve and volley. His winning hit count was not bad (24), but at the key moments of the game, Dominic, more and more tanned, did not shake his pulse.

Federer had a 12-4 mark in inaugural Masters matches (12-5 now) and still has all the competition records: titles (6), finals (10), semifinals (15), appearances (17) and victories (57). But in recent times the big commitments are made ball. Although he continues at a very high level, the young people have taken the tranquility (they have also won Zverev and Tsitsipas), they look for him the other way around and when he invests to hit him with rights he does so sometimes forced and without precision. Sometimes it is difficult to reach certain blows. Before Thiem he started with a break against, then recovered and when he saw at least the tiebreaker, he lost his service. It also happened in the second manga. He had two break points with 5-6 against, but his opponent took advantage of his second match-ball and will face Djokovic this Tuesday (9:00 pm). Federer, who won at least ten games that will be good for him in case of ties, will have to paddle against the tide and will be seen with Berrettini (15:00). The duel between the two of Big three It will be Thursday.

"My game has not been good enough," said the Swiss. "I had my opportunities and got into trouble in the service. Thiem got very well, as he had to do," he continued, visibly angry, at the press conference.

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