Gael Monfils and Dominic Thiem close the afternoon session of the World Tour Finals in London with the loser going to 0-2 and likely needing a miracle to qualify for the semi finals. Due to his set won against Novak Djokovic, Thiem is in a better position although the failure to keep it close in the two sets he lost may also come back to haunt him.
Thiem showed great resolve early on as he managed to avoid blowing a **6-3 opening set tiebreak lead against Djokovic in the opening match to take it eventually. He would however find himself broken to begin the second set and it was one-way traffic from then on as the Serbian cruised to a 6-7 6-0 6-2, with Thiem getting nowhere on return and winning just 9 points on his opponents serve in the final two sets.
It doesn’t sound promising for Monfils’ chances of achieving anything worthwhile this week with this being his first bit of action in a month. “It’s going to be a tough one. As I say, not much time for me to recover. To be honest, a bit sore. I can feel it straightaway, so it’s not a good sign. It’s a while I didn’t play with pressure, I guess, in a tournament, with competition.”
He got nowhere on return, winning just 4 points on the Raonic first serve in the 6-3 6-4 loss. Thiem quite clearly won’t be offering the same on serve but should be really looking to cruise to victory against an opponent that by his own admission is far from 100%.
Prediction – Dominic Thiem in straight sets