The Dutchman will face top scorer Novak Djokovic in London on Tuesday evening.
Perfect start for Dominic Thiem in his tennis ATP finals in London: The 26-year-old from Lower Austria defeated 17,500 spectators at London's O2 Arena the number 3 Swiss rider Roger Federer in the first match of the group Björn Borg with 7: 5,7: 5. Thiem will meet on Tuesday evening (21.00 clock MEZ / live ServusTV, Sky) on top favorite Novak Djokovic (SRB-2).
For the 16-time tournament winner from Lichtenwörth this means fixed 200 ATP points for a win in the group Björn Borg and previously 430,000 dollars (389,704 euros) prize money. Thiem has already made 5: 2 victories in a head-to-head with Federer.
"It was a great performance, my first opening win here at the finals," Thiem said in the court is always overwhelming and breathtaking to enter this arena, especially when it is so full of stuff, I think we had a good and close match and it is always very special to beat Roger because he is an absolute legend. "[1
With the two winners of the first group matches meeting each other on Tuesday (as well as the losers), Thiem gets to grips with the next tennis legend in the second Round Robin game. Djokovic had prevailed in the afternoon against Matteo Berrettini (ITA-8) confidently with 6: 2.6: 1.
Thiem has missed in three appearances after each only one victory in the group the semi-finals, now has he excellent cards, his goal to reach semi-finals. He explained his fifth victory over Federer as follows: "Luckily I have a pretty good record against him and I try to keep going in this head-to-head."
For Thiem, his fourth ATP Finals started at first to his taste. This year's Kitzbühel and Vienna winner took a 2-0 lead after a break in the opening game. But Federer succeeded the rebreak to 2: 2 or 3: 2 lead. Then it was up to 5: 5 without loss of service, before Thiem with a break to 6: 5 set the course for 1-0 sentence management.
Second set was even more balanced, Thiem defended in 1: 2 a break ball against him , then everything headed for a tiebreak. But again the 16-times tournament winner Thiem managed the break at the right time against the 103-times champion Federer, that is 6: 5. Thiem managed to defend from two breakballs in the twelfth game with the second match point victory.