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  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  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 of 2018, before him winning “Masters” for youngster and adult players achieved only Boris Becker, but the “Young-Masters” was not held in the years 1988-2016.