Thiem Beats Monfils For First London Win
Austrian in fine form on Tuesday
Dominic Thiem showed more of his clutch tennis on Tuesday at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.
The Austrian kept alive his semi-final hopes by beating Gael Monfils 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 in their Group Ivan Lendl match. The 23-year-old debutant broke Monfils at 5-4 in the third set to earn his first victory at the season-ending championships.
“I had a good start today. I was trying to stay tough in the third set but at the end, of course, he helped me a little bit with the three double faults. But I’m very happy with the win,” said Thiem. “This tournament, the big crowd, gives me and probably all the players a lot of energy.”
Thiem also improved his record in deciding sets this season to 22-3, which leads the ATP World Tour. He now leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry with Monfils 2-0.
The right-hander started the match on a roll, much like he did on Sunday against Novak Djokovic. Thiem won almost 90 per cent of his first-serve points (17/19) and never faced a break point in the first set against Monfils, who's also making his London debut and was going for his first win at The O2. Monfils fell to Canadian Milos Raonic on Sunday.
Monfils marched back in the second set, breaking Thiem three times to win his first set in London and even the contest. But Thiem, as he's been all season long, was more solid in the match's tightest moments. Monfils floated a backhand long on match point to fall to 0-2 in London.