Third-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem, top seed Novak Djokovic, was eliminated from the final Master’s tennis tournament on Saturday to qualify for the final against Medvedev on Sunday.
Thiem wasted 5 points to resolve the exciting confrontation before winning the sixth and knocking out Djokovic 7-5, 6-7 (12/10), and 7-6 (7/5).
Last season’s runner-up, Flushing Meadows’ champion Thiem ended Serbian hopes of equaling Roger Federer’s record with six titles.
Thiem took revenge against Djokovic after he fell against him at the start of the year in the final of the Australian Open, the first of the Grand Slam tournaments.
This was the twelfth confrontation between Djokovic and Thiem. The latter came out with a fifth victory against 7 for Djokovic, who fell for the second year in a row against his opponent in the final tournament after losing to him in the group stage last season.
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“The match was definitely a battle of the mind,” Thiem said after the victory. “It became very close in the tiebreak, first and foremost because facing the legends is always special.”
“Playing in the final of the tournament is an extraordinary thing. I thought after my first major title in New York, I would be calmer, but I think that was a mistake … I was very nervous, but I’m thrilled to qualify.”
As for Djokovic, he said that what Thiem did after he was trailing 4-0 in the third-set tiebreak “was amazing,” he said, “I don’t think I played badly. I succeeded with all my first transmissions, but he was hitting hard.”
“What can I do? I had 4-0 control, I was very close to winning, but he snatched him from me, and he deserves it because he did everything for him. These things happen; I can’t always win.”
This was the ninth time that Djokovic reached the semi-finals of the final tournament, which is held annually with the participation of the best 8 players globally, noting that he won his title 5 times.