Thiem had a very good start and seemed to be carrying the momentum from his semifinal win against Federer. He broke Djokovic serve in the 3rd game of the first set (2-1) to take an early lead. Thiem, however, could not sustain the lead for long as Djokovic showed incredible defence to break Thiem’s serve in the 6th game (3-3). Again, the Serbian struggled to hold his serve against some skillful tennis from the world no.5 in the 9th game of the match but managed to save it (5-4). After that, both the players held their serve and the game went into a tiebreak. It proved to be an easy task for Djokovic who won the set 7-6(2).
Both Djokovic and Thiem held their serve until the 5th game in the second set. The 6th game was a tough one for Djokovic as he struggled to keep his serve and was broken on the third break point in the game. Djokovic, however, was back in business breaking Thiem’s serve twice in the set to lead in the set (6-5). Djokovic had the chance to win the set but double-faulted to give away his service and to take the set in a tiebreak. Djokovic prevailed over Thiem in the tie break to win the set and the match 7-6(2) 7-6(4).
With this win, Djokovic reached his third Madrid Open final beating Thiem in two hours and 22 minutes. This is the first final for Djokovic this season after winning the Australian Open.
Djokovic will now play either Rafael Nadal or Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.
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