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ATP Finals | Dominic Thiem ensures last four spot

Stunning show: Thiem treated the O2 crowd to some incredible tennis, laced with single-handed backhands and inside-out forehands in his defeat of Djokovic.

Stunning show: Thiem treated the O2 crowd to some incredible tennis, laced with single-handed backhands and inside-out forehands in his defeat of Djokovic.   | Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Dominic Thiem produced a scintillating display of attacking tennis to beat Novak Djokovic and qualify for the last four at the ATP Finals on Tuesday, leaving the Serbian facing a shootout against Roger Federer.

In the stand-out match so far at the O2 Arena, the Austrian fifth seed took the fight to the World No. 2, recovering from losing the first set to triumph 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(5).

Federer and Djokovic will face off on Thursday in a repeat of this year’s Wimbledon final to determine who else will progress from Group Bjorn Borg.

Superb play

Thiem was forced to play high-stakes tennis against the 16-time Grand Slam winner, taking the breath away with some of his inside-out forehands and single-handed backhands.

Forced to play at his limit, he hit 50 winners compared with Djokovic’s tally of 27 but also racked up 44 unforced errors.

“This was really one of these special matches, what I’ve practised all my life for, all my childhood for,” Thiem said. “Really epic one in an amazing atmosphere, beating a legend of our game. And also I’ve qualified for the semifinals, which is the best.

“Coming back from 1-4 (down in the deciding tie-break) was a little bit of luck, but it was an unbelievable match and one I’ll never forget. Novak is the best player in the world and I had to do something special.”

The results:

Group Bjorn Borg: Dominic Thiem bt Novak Djokovic 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(5).

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