Novak Djokovic paid tribute to Dominic Thiem after the Austrian ended his season at the ATP Finals in London.
The pair met in the last four of the competition and both produced some fine tennis in an engaging and absorbing match.
However, it was Thiem who emerged with a big win after coming back from 0-4 down in the deciding tiebreak - and Djokovic has nothing but respect for it.
"I don’t think I played bad, [but] what he did from 0-4 in the third-set tiebreaker was just unreal," Djokovic said.
"Actually, I made both of my first serves, actually all of my first serves. 4-1, 4-2, 4-5, you know, 4-6, I made all first serves.
"He just crushed the ball. Everything went in from both corners, and he played couple of very short slices, you know, angles.
"Yeah, I mean, what can you do? I thought, you know, I was very close to win it. He just took it away from me.
"But he deserved it, because he just went for it and everything worked."
"I mean, you know, the difference was that when you hit full power and everything goes in, it just goes in. When you hit full power, sometimes it goes out. So simple.
"He, just as I said, he did everything right from 0-4.
"I have to put my hats down and say 'congratulations'. He smashed it and he just played great."
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