Dominic Thiem is the only player from the group stage to advance at the ATP Finals after outlasting five-time champion Novak Djokovic 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (5) in a back and forth run on Tuesday.
While, Djokovic will be facing a winner-takes-all match against Roger Federer, a highly anticipated rematch of this year’s Wimbledon final.
Federer defeated Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (2), 6-3 earlier, which means he and Djokovic have an even record before playing each other in their last round-robin match on Thursday.
While, Thiem improved to 2-0 after overcoming Federer on Sunday, and Berrettini was eliminated after 2 consecutive loss.
The Djokovic-Federer is considered to be the highlight of the group stage at the season-ending tournament, as the two has battled for 11 titles, but now the anticipated match up becomes a blockbuster as they battle for a semifinal spot.
“Actually, it’s good for me to play him again, and maybe that all helps to get a chance to get him back,” Federer said.
“Maybe it took me a few days, couple weeks at most, to get over the Wimbledon loss. We’ll find out, but I think it’s all flushed away from my side. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then,” he added.
In Federer’s 16 year stint in the ATP Finals, he has failed only once to reach the semifinal. While Djokovic is pushing for the Swiss star’s record of six titles.
On Thiem’s part, he has now outgunned Djokovic in four of their five meetings.