With Novak Djokovic steamrolling over the debutant Matteo Berrettini in a 63-minute opening match at ATP World Tour Finals 2019, later, Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem electrified the O2 Arena on a Sunday evening. Thiem pulled off his third win of the 2019 season against Federer by defeating him 7-5, 7-5 in the Nitto ATP Finals’ opener.
The set began with the Austrian earning three break points in the opening game. Roger Federer could save two of them, but an erroneous forehand on the third one slipped the service game from his account.
It was Dominic Thiem who sprinted to take a 2-0 lead. However, with Thiem’s inaccuracy, Federer was back on serve at 2-2. Thereafter, the Swiss maestro was placing the tennis ball faultlessly on the Austrian’s court and switched on the ‘god mode’.
Look who’s there in the house
His inside in forehands and serve and volley tennis was taxing for the World Number five, Thiem to earn break points until 5-5.
At 5-5, with Roger coming up with a forehand mistake gave Dominic the break point. Federer flawed a backhand on the successive point and Thiem led by 6-5 in the first set.
In the next game, the Swiss came up with his classic paranormal forehand at 30-30, but Thiem struck a powerful forehand down the line for a set point, with Federer missing the backhand, the first set was wrapped up by the Austrian.
Solid tennis from the fifth seed!
Some clean tennis from Roger Federer was depicted and Dominic Thiem was equally showing up on London’s court, with that the two gentlemen produced some great tennis.
Is this a 38-year-old playing…… Bravo RF!
The Swiss coming across a break point at 2-1 with a majestic backhand down the line, and the Londoners resonated the O2 with “let’s go, Roger, let’s go” cheers.
Thiem produced an incredible hold for 2-2 with a remarkable forehand down the line and Federer smashing on the net on the next point.
Backhand Down The Line!
Confident Thiem was an uphill battle for the World Number three, Federer as his relentless hitting and placements were halting him from pulling off Thiem’s service game.
A faulty backhand from Federer at 5-5 and later Thiem crushing a forehand for a 0-30 scoreline on Roger’s serve energized the Austrian. With an unsatisfactory backhand and followed by dumping a forehand on the net Thiem broke the Swiss maestro to love and progressed to serve for the match.
Thiem established a big win against the six-time ATP Finals champion, Federer and closed out the last game after multiple deuces.