Thiem win leaves Djokovic facing Federer shootout

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 14 Nov 2019

Dominic Thiem produced a scintillating display of attacking tennis to beat Novak Djokovic and qualify for the semi-finals at the ATP Finals, leaving the Serbian facing a shootout against Roger Federer.

In the standout match so far at London's O2 Arena, the Austrian took the fight to the world No 2, recovering from losing the first set to triumph 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/5).

Earlier, Federer put himself back in the mix at the end-of-season event with a 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 win against Italian debutant Matteo Berrettini in their round-robin clash.

Federer and Djokovic will face off tomorrow in a repeat of this year's Wimbledon final to determine who else will progress from Group Bjorn Borg.

Thiem was forced to play high-stakes tennis against Djokovic, hitting 50 winners compared with the 16-time Grand Slam winner's tally of 27 but he also racked up 44 unforced errors. "This was really one of these special matches, what I've practiced all my life for," Thiem said. "Really epic."

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