Dominic Thiem, who just won the 2020 US Open beat Rafael Nadal in the ATP Finals in London. The Austrian tennis player had defeated Nadal in a high-quality match with 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-4). The year is looking great for Thiem since he is the first man to move into the last four of the ATP Finals event.
Thiem Wins the US Open 2020
The world-renowned tennis player has been continuously knocked down in Grand Slam finals by fellow iconic tennis players. But, time and time again, Dominic Thiem never gave up hope and persisted. His efforts finally paid off when he won the US Open at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. He became the first man after 71 years to also win this title after losing the first two sets of the final.
In an interview, he stated:
“I hope that it doesn’t change my life because my life cannot depend on success. That would be wrong. But I hope it definitely changes my career. I achieved the biggest goal so far that I set for myself and I hope that it lets me play more free and even better tennis in the next big tournaments coming up.”
With his win against Alexander Zverev, Tim Henman, the former fourth-ranked tennis player in the world believes that Thiem has established himself in the sport and have become a favourite in any tournament. He said, “Dominic Thiem is now established as the third-best in the world.’
Beating Rafael Nadal
Thiem was able to beat Nadal, a 20-time Grand Slam champion in straight sets. He grabbed his win on his fifth match point.
“I think it was a great match from the first to the last point and actually I was pretty lucky to get the first set. I was, I think, 2-5 down in the tiebreak and against Rafa it’s nice to win the first set obviously but still he’s there 100% from the first to the last point.”
Thiem further stated, “I knew I had a slight advantage when I won the first set but still I had to stay focused. It’s like I said the other day – I think all 8 players are in a great shape both physically and mentally so we’re going to see a lot of close matches, lots of close tiebreaks like today and as always the one who is a little bit luckier, the one who has the slightly better day is going to win and I’m happy that I got it today.”
What Rafael Nadal Says of the Match
On his part, Rafael Nadal credited Thiem and also stated that it was an equal match.
“Both of us played at a very high level. He deserved to win because he played a little bit better at some key moments. I am much more confident now with the level of tennis that I am playing than a couple of days ago.”
Although the pandemic has affected many sports events, it seems like players like Thiem are not letting it stop them from achieving their goals. Thiem described his match with Nadal as one of the best of his career. He won the first set after coming from 5-2 down in the tiebreaker.
Next year, the ATP Finals is set to take place in Turin, Italy after being held for 12 years in London. For the first time, electronic line calling will be used for the tournament. Players won’t also be able to challenge whether a ball was in or out. However, for other disputed situations, they can request for a video review.
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