Thiem and Rublev played each other six times in the round, the score in the match was 3:3. Moreover, in 2020 guys met three times, twice at an unofficial tournament in Austria, which ended with a score 1:1 and at a recent competition in Vienna, by the way, also in Indra. So in Vienna Rublev turned out to be stronger than his opponent, the score was 2:0.
However, in both games Thiem and Nadal had to play tie-breaks. The Austrian won with a score 9:7 and 7:4 and the fight lasted two hours and 27 minutes. Recall that in the first round, Thiem beat Tsitsipas in three sets and now the face-to-face meeting between the Greek and the Spaniard will answer the question of who, besides Thiem, will play in the playoffs from Group B.
Thiem not only guaranteed himself a place in the playoffs, but also picked the first position in the group. It is interesting how seriously the Austrian will take the match of the third round, which for him no longer matters.
It is now clear that priorities have changed and the Russian will certainly do everything possible to end the tournament and the season on a positive note, beating the finalist of the last final tournament and, at least, the semifinalist of the current draw.
If the match against Nadal can be considered a failure in the performance of Rublev, then in the match against Tsitsipas Andrei looked weak only in the first set, which ended with a score 1:6. Rublev won the second game with a score 6:4, whereas in the decisive third set everything was decided on a tie-break. The Greek was a little luckier, beating the Russian with a score 8:6.
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