Well a win for both was critical but only one could win. It might not do much for Thiem’s chance of qualifying for the semi-finals but it keeps that dream alive but only just. For Gael Monfils his first appearance at the O2 has not been great the Frenchman has looked good at times but has lacked that sharpness and doesn’t look match fit at all.
Thiem worked the FH quite well early on going for that inside-out position on the court and kept away from the defensive sliced backhand during the match but did utilise the slice backhand well by following it in to attack Monfils on a few occasions.
Thiem got the crucial break in the set and kept his cool in big moments but again in the second set like it did against Novak it fell apart… Going 4-0 and 5-1 down was no on the cards surely but it happened as he dramatically dropped the second set 6-1.
Intensity levels rose for both players in the third set it’s win of more of less go home and Dominic found some break points mid-way through the set but couldn’t edge ahead of the Frenchman who continued to find some brilliance out of no-where!
However the Austrian had the final say at 4-5 30-40 as Monfils went for a two handed backhand down the line to Thiem’s surprise as he told Lief Shiras after at the SkyPad but this one was long and Thiem kept his dream alive.
Dominic will be up against Milos Raonic on Thursday and for Gael Monfils he has Novak Djokovic in his sights but rumour has it the Frenchman will not compete in his final match.