Adria Tour – Thiem advances after close battle with Dimitrov

A place in the final was at stake as Dominic Thiem came up against Grigor Dimitrov on the final match of the afternoon session on Day two.

Earlier on in the day Novak Djokovic needed three sets to see off Alex Zverev but it wasn’t enough to send either through to the final later in the day.

Djokovic, Zverev and 28 year old Krajinovic both won the same amount of sets over the three matches but Krajinovic won the most games advancing to the final.

Who would he face? Thiem or Dimitrov?

Both players had been impressive in the event but more so Dominic Thiem and his clay court brilliance and impeccable defence really came into it’s own as he sealed a close set 4-3 on the tie-break.

At this point Dominic Thiem flexed his muscles as the errors from the Bulgarian put himself at a disadvantage and down an immediate break of serve!

The break didn’t last for too long as Dimitrov fought back into the set and held serve to lead 3-2 forcing Dominic Thiem to take it to a tie-break.

A tie-break was to happen and it would either takes us to three or a Dominic Thiem win.

After six points nothing could separate them at the first change over as they were both tied at 3-3.

Some clever play elevated the Austrian to a 5-3 lead but Dimitrov wasn’t done yet and a good return levelled the tie-break back at 5-5.

Another changeover and still nothing to separate them as Thiem used his inside-out forehand perfectly to deny Dimitrov’s chance of taking the second set.

A hotdog at the net from Thiem set up a first match point and went onto seal his place in the final later on!

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