Dimitrov labors past Thiem at ATP Finals

2017-11-14 02:12:09 GMT2017-11-14 10:12:09(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

LONDON, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov beatfourth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria at the ATP World Tour Finals6-3, 5-7, 7-5 at the O2 Arena here on Monday.

The sixth seed broke Thiem three times, including late in thethird set when Thiem was serving at 5-5 (0-30) when he doublefaulted twice to hand Dimitrov the break.

Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria reacts during his group stage match against Dominic Thiem of Austria in the ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena in London, Britain on Nov. 13, 2017. Grigor Dimitrov won 2-1. (Xinhua/Han Yan)  Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria reacts during his group stage match against Dominic Thiem of Austria in the ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena in London, Britain on Nov. 13, 2017. Grigor Dimitrov won 2-1. (Xinhua/Han Yan)

Dimitrov, playing his first match at the ATP Finals, fell behind0-15 at 6-5 but converted on his third match point for the win.

"It, for me, was just one of those new experiences that I thinkI'm going to remember for the rest of my life, I think appreciatefor the rest of my life," Dimitrov said. "This is where I alwayswanted to be at, among the top players, also being able to comethrough in my first match, it's only positive."

Thiem, playing in London for the second consecutive year, sawhis record drop to 2-1 against Dimitrov, whom he saved five matchpoints to beat at the Madrid Open earlier this year.

Dominic Thiem of Austria reacts during his group stage match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena in London, Britain on Nov. 13, 2017. Dominic Thiem lost 1-2. (Xinhua/Han Yan)  Dominic Thiem of Austria reacts during his group stage match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena in London, Britain on Nov. 13, 2017. Dominic Thiem lost 1-2. (Xinhua/Han Yan)

"There's always a little bit of tension before every match, andespecially here, of course, a little bit because of all theatmosphere, arena. Also because it's your first match, and it'sagainst a really, really good opponent, so you're very tense,"Thiem said. 

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