LONDON.- Tennis Rafael Nadal succumbed this Tuesday to the power and determination of Dominic Thiem, who beat the Spanish 7-6 (7) and 7-6 (4), and is ready this year to claim the ATP Finals title that escaped him in 2019.
The Austrian, in one of his best duels on the indoor court, inflicted a mentally very hard defeat for a Nadal who had opportunities to take the first set, with two set balls, and who in the second came to march with a break up, before save three match points and end up falling in the tiebreaker.
The Spanish did not realize his opportunities and leaves the second game with a victory and a defeat in his locker that will force him to gamble his semi-final options in the last match of the London 2020 group against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The key to Nadal’s defeat was in the first set, which could be classified as one of the best that these two tennis players have played between them.
An hour and 12 minutes of close fight for a tiebreaker with opportunities for both and who took the most successful.
Before, the road to 6-6 did not disappoint, with two tennis players not conceding a single ‘break’ point in the entire sleeve.