Novak Djokovic, that was eliminated from the ATP Finals Against Austrian Dominic Thiem, he assured at a press conference that what the Austrian did, after 0-4 against in the third set tiebreaker, was “unreal.”
“What he did from 0-4 in the tie break of the third set was unreal. I don't think he played badly, I got a couple of first serves, but the ball went off. Everything went to the corners and, in addition, he put a couple of balls cut at the angle, “explained Djokovic, visibly upset at a press conference. “But he deserves it, because he went for it”, Djokovic said.
On this abrupt end of the season, the number one in the world, who will not be able to match the six titles here of the Swiss Roger Federer, He noted “being disappointed”: “I'm not relieved that the season is over. I enjoy playing tennis, so why should I be relieved? I'm just disappointed to end the year with a loss like this,” he added.
Thiem: “Today luck was on my side”
Austrian Dominic Thiem, who qualified for his second tennis Masters final on Saturday, pointed out that against Serbian Novak Djokovic “luck was on” his “side”. The Austrian beat Djokovic in a final tie break in which he went 0-4 down before putting a 7-1 run on him.
“Today I had some luck in the last 'tie break'. I already won one against Rafa, another against Novak today. I am very happy with what happened, but I know that it will not happen every day,” said Thiem. The pupil of the Chilean Nicolás Massú also acknowledged that he became “very tense” in the four match points and that this shows how “tight” these matches are.
In addition, Thiem admitted that he has noticed how Novak Djokovic plays the tiebreakers for all the successes that these tie breaks have brought him in his career. “I took him as an example because he has won very important tie breaks in his career. When he faces a 'tie break' he refuses to fail. It's what I've been trying to do since tennis came back and it's been really good for me, but you also need a bit of luck in those tiebreakers. Today luck was on my side. I was very close to losing, “he explained.