In the head-to-head with world ranked third placed Thiem on 5: 2, this season went Austria's number one in the third duel with the 38-year-old Swiss thanks to a hard-boiled performance as the winner from the square. This year, the team from Lower Austria had already won the Indian Wells finals and the Madrid quarter-final against the 103-times tournament winner, who had won his last of a total of six "Masters" titles eight years ago.
Djokovic is waiting on Tuesday
Thiem had also won a group match in his previous three appearances in the imposing O2 Arena in East London, but missed the rise. Now, Austria's number one bumped into the top four by beating one of the group favorites. The next opponent on Tuesday will be Serbian top star Novak Djokovic, who netted Matteo Berrettini 6: 2 6: 1 at the opening. Thiem's duel with the Italian takes place on Thursday.
Thiem immediately on operating temperature
In contrast to Federer Thiem was immediately at operating temperature and earned against the 20-time Grand Slam record winner in his first Aufschlaggame three break opportunities, of which he used the third. Federer found his rhythm only after that, but got back all the stronger and managed with a rebreak equalizer to 2: 2. Both players then presented themselves with their own service sovereign and could not bring pressure, because of powerful forehand.
At 5: 5 Thiem then suddenly offered the opportunity for the next break. Federer wobbled only briefly, but the Austrians lurked on these mistakes and struck ice cold. A hard hit to the baseline, the Swiss could no longer parry, Thiem moved to 6: 5 of it and then served sovereignly to the set win.
Nervenkrimi in the last game
Also in the second round the 17,000 spectators were offered a duel at the highest level in the sold-out O2 Arena in London. Federer was now more risk, but Thiem had each the right answer ready and proved in hot situations nerve strength. So the Austrians was in his own 30-40 in 1: 2 in his view 30:40 back, but deflected the break ball in a sovereign manner.
And again, a short break in the Swiss made for the preliminary decision. Federer looked suddenly wrong and gave his serve as in the first set – this time to zero – to 6: 5-leadership of the Austrians from. Thiem served after the match win, but this time showed nerves. He let go of a match ball, he had to ward off two chances to break. In the third attempt the Austrian made the bag after 1:42 minutes but to.
In the group "Andre Agassi" it does not start until Monday: The Russian climber and secret favorite Daniil Medvedev plays first in the duel of two debutants against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, then it is eagerly awaited if Nadal ever enters. If the last injured 19-time Major winner fit, he meets the German defending champion Alexander Zverev.
ATP World Tour Finals in London
(United Kingdom, $ 9,000,000, hard court, hall)