‘I will remember that match for a long time,’ admits Dominic Thiem after Rafael Nadal triumph

Dominic Thiem says his match against Rafael Nadal at the ATP Finals was a special and he will ‘remember it for a long time.’

Thiem produced some outstanding tennis to beat Nadal who was incredibly close to his very best himself in arguably the highest quality match of the year.

It was enough to secure Thiem a spot in the semi-finals of the tournament, and he says he has rarely played any better.

“It’s definitely one of the better matches I’ve played so far in my career,” Thiem said afterwards.

“I think it came close to the second group match of last year against Nole (Novak Djokovic). I think we both played great tennis. Very, very small things make the difference.

“He was the little bit better player in that first-set breaker but I still won it and, even though Rafa is 100 per cent from the first to the last point, it’s very, very important to get that first set against him. It’s almost impossible to beat him after losing the first set.

“The second set I think had everything. I played probably the best game of the match to make the rebreak and then another good tie-break. It was a great match which I will remember for a long time.

“I think that today I played a little bit higher level than at the US Open. It was maybe the best match from me since the restart of the tour and that makes me super happy.”

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