Novak Djokovic will face Roger Federer in a crunch conflict on Thursday(Image: GETTY)
Dominic Thiem made a brutal blow to Novak Djokovic’s ATP Finals hopes as he recorded a 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(5) victory on Tuesday night.
The Austrian also beat Roger Federer in his opening spherical-robin match so his residing in the semi-finals is secured.
That leaves Federer and Djokovic to fight it out on Thursday with the winner progressing to the following spherical.
The final time the pair met in London became once an narrative five-situation fight in this summer’s Wimbledon final.
Djokovic got right here out on high on that occasion after saving two Championship aspects.
But when the Serbian became once asked about that blockbuster showdown he became once in no temper to discuss it.
“Would now not indubitably topic,” became once his brash response.
Djokovic also refused to hype up the showdown that can also perhaps be the 49th time the pair hold face every other.
Dominic Thiem beat Novak Djokovic in three improbable sets(Image: GETTY)
He added: “As you acknowledged, it be a spherical robin arrangement, so I’m mute in the match.
“We dawdle head-to-head with Roger. Winner goes to semis. Loser would now not qualify. As easy as that.
In the period in-between, Djokovic became once humble in his defeat to Thiem and he credited the realm No 5’s bravery for executing 50 winners.
“I believed he deserved to raise,” Djokovic acknowledged of Thiem.
Roger Federer has lost his final four fits against Novak Djokovic(Image: GETTY)
“He factual played very mettlesome tennis and factual smacking the ball. He went for broke.
“I mean, your total match he played same system he played the final level. I mean, I must put my hat down and congratulate him, because he factual played a huge match.
“He became once improbable, and in some phases it became once factual fabulous that he became once factual literally smacking the ball as onerous as he can and he became once going in.
“Or now now not it is indubitably onerous to train – I mean, clearly his stage became once huge high. This on the new time became once improbable.
“But whether or now now not he might perhaps aid that up, you realize, every match, if he does, chapeau, you realize. There might be now now not much it is seemingly you’ll perhaps per chance perhaps direct. For sure, he is taking half in huge tennis.”