- Andrej Rublew (ATP 8) wins his last game at the ATP Finals against Dominic Thiem (ATP 3) 6: 2, 7: 5.
- Thiem, who had already been confirmed as the semi-finalist, did not play with the ultimate consequence.
- Rafael Nadal secured the 2nd semi-final ticket in Group London thanks to his win against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Had there been a spectator in the arena in London, Dominic Thiem could have been accused of acting too laxly and unmotivated in the first set of his last group game against Andrej Rublew.
Because for the otherwise expensive tickets, a show should also be offered. But as is well known, spectators are not allowed to attend the ATP Finals and Thiem had secured his semi-final ticket before the game. Therefore, the 2-set defeat ultimately played no role.
Lightning start from Rublew
The Austrian got 2 breaks right at the beginning and lost the first set after only 25 minutes without a hitch and 2: 6.
Rublew on the other hand was able to play freely, his tournament out was already certain before the match. The Russian’s service game was particularly impressive: 89% of his serves in the first set did not come back.
Thiem a little better and yet too weak
In the second set Rublew took the serve from his opponent again early and took the lead 2-1. Thiem was able to compensate for the sentence afterwards and found something better in the game. Nevertheless, the 27-year-old was far from his best form and received the decisive break with a score of 5: 5. Rublew deservedly decided the match 6: 2, 7: 5 after 74 minutes.
So it goes on
After Rafael Nadal also made the semi-finals perfect with his win against Stefanos Tsitsipas, the last group matches will take place on Friday. In the Tokyo group, the duel Novak Djokovic – Alexander Zverev is about the last semi-final ticket.