Dominic Thiem said his win over Stefanos Tsitsipas at the ATP Finals was 'special' because of just how good the Greek ace is.
Thiem lost in the final to Tsitsipas 12 months ago, but was able to get the better of him in their opening round robin match this time around.
And, despite thinking their level had dropped from the final last season, Thiem was still 'super happy' with the outcome.
“Every win against a Top 10 player here at the Finals is something special and as well, every win against Stefanos is something special,” Thiem said.
“He’s such a great player, established, won so many big titles already.”
“I experienced in the past four years how important it is to have a good start in this tournament, to ideally win the first match. I am very happy that I did it.”
It was a welcome reversal of fortune for Thiem after losing last year's final to Tsitsipas, and he said both players had raised their games.
“I thought the level was higher last year. We were both in great shape last year in the final, wanted that title 100 per cent.
"The atmosphere was insane last year in the final and today was a little bit different.
“It was a lot over the serve from both of us, only two breaks in the whole match. I think the conditions are pretty fast here, so I’m super happy with my win.”
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