Madrid Open: Novak Djokovic back to best against Dominic Thiem to reach final

first_imgMadrid Open: Novak Djokovic back to best against Dominic Thiem to reach finalMadrid Open: World number one Novak Djokovic defeated Domic Thiem 7-6(2), 7-6(4) in a gruelling semi-final to set up a potential Rafael Nadal clash in the final.advertisement Reuters MadridMay 12, 2019UPDATED: May 12, 2019 00:23 IST Novak Djokovic beat Dominic thiem to reach Madrid Open final. (Twitter/ @DjokerNole)HIGHLIGHTSNovak Djokovic beat Dominic Thiem 7-6(2), 7-6(4) in Madrid Open semi-finalsDjokovic will either play against Rafael Nadal or Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finalDjokovic has won the Madrid Open two times in the pastWorld number one Novak Djokovic reached the final of the Madrid Open after seeing off last year’s runner-up Dominic Thiem 7-6(2) 7-6(4) in a gruelling, high-quality encounter on Saturday that lasted two hours and 22 minutes.The Serbian will meet either five-time Madrid champion Rafael Nadal, the world number two, or Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s final after producing his best tennis since winning the Australian Open in January.Djokovic, winner in Madrid in 2011 and 2016, was fully rested after his quarter-final opponent Marin Cilic had withdrawn because of food poisoning, while Thiem had to dig deep to beat Roger Federer in a gruelling three-setter.Thiem, who had won the Barcelona Open last month and was on an eight-match winning streak, struck an early blow by breaking Djokovic in the fourth game but the Serbian responded by winning the next three games and saved two break points in the eighth.The Serbian won the first tiebreak comfortably after some poor shot selections from Thiem but was in trouble in the second set when he trailed 4-2.He immediately broke back and had the chance to serve for the match at 6-5 but squandered the opportunity with a double fault.Yet once again Djokovic had the edge in the tiebreak, earning three match points and taking the first one as Thiem smashed a baseline backhand well out, booking his place in a first final since winning the Australian Open.Also Read | Roger Federer to play Italian Open ahead of French Open comebackAlso Read | Madrid Open: Simona Halep to face Kiki Bertens in the finalAlso SeeadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Madrid OpenFollow Novak DjokovicFollow Rafael NadalFollow Dominc Thiem Nextlast_img

first_imgMadrid Open: Novak Djokovic back to best against Dominic Thiem to reach finalMadrid Open: World number one Novak Djokovic defeated Domic Thiem 7-6(2), 7-6(4) in a gruelling semi-final to set up a potential Rafael Nadal clash in the final.advertisement Reuters MadridMay 12, 2019UPDATED: May 12, 2019 00:23 IST Novak Djokovic beat Dominic thiem to reach Madrid Open final. (Twitter/ @DjokerNole)HIGHLIGHTSNovak Djokovic beat Dominic Thiem 7-6(2), 7-6(4) in Madrid Open semi-finalsDjokovic will either play against Rafael Nadal or Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finalDjokovic has won the Madrid Open two times in the pastWorld number one Novak Djokovic reached the final of the Madrid Open after seeing off last year’s runner-up Dominic Thiem 7-6(2) 7-6(4) in a gruelling, high-quality encounter on Saturday that lasted two hours and 22 minutes.The Serbian will meet either five-time Madrid champion Rafael Nadal, the world number two, or Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s final after producing his best tennis since winning the Australian Open in January.Djokovic, winner in Madrid in 2011 and 2016, was fully rested after his quarter-final opponent Marin Cilic had withdrawn because of food poisoning, while Thiem had to dig deep to beat Roger Federer in a gruelling three-setter.Thiem, who had won the Barcelona Open last month and was on an eight-match winning streak, struck an early blow by breaking Djokovic in the fourth game but the Serbian responded by winning the next three games and saved two break points in the eighth.The Serbian won the first tiebreak comfortably after some poor shot selections from Thiem but was in trouble in the second set when he trailed 4-2.He immediately broke back and had the chance to serve for the match at 6-5 but squandered the opportunity with a double fault.Yet once again Djokovic had the edge in the tiebreak, earning three match points and taking the first one as Thiem smashed a baseline backhand well out, booking his place in a first final since winning the Australian Open.Also Read | Roger Federer to play Italian Open ahead of French Open comebackAlso Read | Madrid Open: Simona Halep to face Kiki Bertens in the finalAlso SeeadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Madrid OpenFollow Novak DjokovicFollow Rafael NadalFollow Dominc Thiem Nextlast_img

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