LONDON. — Austria’s Dominic Thiem produced a fearless display of attacking tennis to beat Rafa Nadal 7-6(7), 7-6(4) in a high-quality duel at the ATP Finals and seize control of their group on Tuesday.
The world No. 3 Thiem saved a couple of set points in the first tiebreak before whipping away a forehand to take an opening set in which there was barely anything between the two.
The Spaniard Nadal, bidding to win the only big title to elude him, engineered the first break of the match at 3-3 in the second set only for Thiem to reply in stunning fashion.