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Points won by each set: [ 44-45, 25-12, 41-36 ]
Points won directly on serve:
36 % Tsitsipas – 35 of 97
29 % Thiem – 31 of 106

Tsitsipas [6] seemed a better player in the opener, but wasted break points in two games, also a 6:5 (30/0) lead and lost the tie-break on the second set point. Thiem [5] lost his serve twice at the beginning of the 2nd set, but regained his composure early in the 3rd. “I have no clue how I played so well in the second set,” said Tsitsipas. “I have no idea. I think my mind was at ease and I wasn’t really thinking of much, which led to such a great performance in the second set, breaking him twice. I didn’t give him much options to play with in the second set. It was pretty much an excellent set for me. The Greek led 3:1* in the decider, but Thiem came back and led with a game ahead thrice – Tsitsipas easily held at each occasion. In the tie-break he lost a *4:1 lead, but at 4-all Thiem sent his forehand long from a relatively good position and it decided about the final outcome. Earlier this Autumn they met in the Beijing final, Thiem triumphed 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 being five points away from defeat. Tsitsipas: “That is unbelievable. I just remembered. First time I met Dominic was I came here as a sparring partner in 2016, was No. 1 ranked in the juniors rankings. I got invited by the ITF to come and be a sparring partner here in the Finals. I think my first hit was with Dominic. It’s unbelievable, isn’t it? We are now facing each other in the final. It’s great. It’s fantastic.” The Greek won Young-Masters a year before, before him winning “Masters” for youngster and adult players only achieved Boris Becker, but the “Young-Masters” was not held in the years 1988-2016.

Serve & volley: Tsitsipas 3/3, Thiem 0/3

Tsitsipas’ route to his 4th title:
rr Daniil Medvedev 7-6(5), 6-4
rr Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-2
rr Rafael Nadal 7-6(4), 4-6, 5-7
S Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4
W Dominic Thiem 6-7(6), 6-2, 7-6(4)

Tsitsipas 3 points away from defeating Nadal (5:4* in the 3rd) and 3 points away from losing to Thiem (4-all in the decisive tie-break)

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