Novak Djokovic avoids Dominic Thiem upset at ATP Tour Finals

Updated: Nov 14, 2016, 10:04 IST | AFP

Novak Djokovic survived a scare at the start of his bid to regain the world number one ranking as the Serb battled back for a 6-7 (10-12), 6-0, 6-2 victory over Austria's Dominic Thiem at the ATP Tour Finals yesterday

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

London: Novak Djokovic survived a scare at the start of his bid to regain the world number one ranking as the Serb battled back for a 6-7 (10-12), 6-0, 6-2 victory over Austria's Dominic Thiem at the ATP Tour Finals yesterday.

The 29-year-old remains on track to achieve that target despite a shaky first set in the opening match of the prestigious season-ending tournament at London's O2 Arena.

And amid all the questions about Djokovic's decline, he can still clinch the season-ending number one spot for a third consecutive year and equal Roger Federer's record of six Tour Finals titles by the end of next week.

"Dominic started very well and we played on a very high level from the first point. He had a very high serve percentage and was the tougher player in the key moments of the tie-break. I definitely did not want to let him get off to a good start in the second set," Djokovic said.

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