Andrey Rublev will not be leaving London as a “fanny”. Already eliminated after two defeats, the Russian won his first match at the ATP Finals after having disposed of Dominic Thiem (6-2, 7-5). Very relaxed and overpowered in forehand, the Muscovite could also count on a demobilized opponent and little concerned. Thiem, already qualified after his victory against Nadal, surely had the lead in the semi-finals …
We could legitimately ask questions about the motivation of Dominic Thiem before the meeting. The answer was quick: after a few minutes, the Austrian was behind 4-0. Already qualified for the last four, the world n ° 3 did not play while walking … but almost, offering little resistance, far from the level of play displayed during his magnificent victory against Rafael Nadal there is two days.
Rafael Nadal – Stefanos Tsitsipas
ATP Finals 2020 | Group London 2020 – Day 3
It would be unfair, however, not to highlight Rublev’s very solid performance. Non-existent against Nadal, one point away from the win against Tsitsipas, the Russian delivered a high quality recital today. The Muscovite, particularly inspired on the forehand side, knocked out his opponent with 26 winning shots for only 9 unforced errors (and even none in the first round!).
Despite a little deconcentration at the end of the game, Rublev, 8th in the world, concluded his rider alone in two sets (6-2, 7-5). He also won his 41st victory of the season, his very first in the ATP Finals, and his third consecutive victory against Thiem. Winner of 5 titles this season, the Russian concludes the year 2020 with style.
After the “cleansing” of this Thursday, Dominic Thiem will be able to concentrate on his semi-final. The world n ° 3 is already guaranteed to finish in 1st place in his group and therefore to meet Novak Djokovic or Alexander Zverev, who will face each other tomorrow. Masters finalist, the Austrian probably has only one idea in mind: this time to climb the last step.