Grigor Dimitrov edges Dominic Thiem in opener

Grigor Dimitrov edges Dominic Thiem in opener

A single break was enough for Dimitrov to take the first set, with his fourth-seeded opponent only managing to land 37 percent of first serves on the zippy blue court.

Dimitrov opened his charge in London with a determined 6-3 5-7 7-5 win over his Austrian counterpart, who is ranked two places higher in the rankings.

Making his debut at the ATP Finals earlier, Grigor Dimitrov withstood a comeback attempt from Dominic Thiem and held on for a 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 victory.

"I think just sooner or later you realize things in life, I mean, whether it's tennis or whether it's life", Dimitrov said. "It's finally starting to kind of, like, come together".

Instead of sending the match in the tie break, Dominic played an bad service game to get broken again and fell 6-5 behind, hitting costly double faults to reduce his chances, and Dimitrov sealed the deal with a solid hold in game 12.

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It was Thiem, who made his debut at the event previous year, who started nervously, allowing Dimitrov to ease to the opening set.

"There's always a little bit of tension before every match, and especially here, of course, a little bit because of all the atmosphere, arena".

The 26-year-old looked to have blown his chance to win when failing to serve out the match, but Thiem then produced two double faults in a row to hand the momentum back to Dimitrov.

Dimitrov overcame the disappointment of failing to serve out the rollercoaster encounter from 5-4 up in the deciding set before breaking Thiem for a third time to prevail after nearly two and a half hours. However, as he attempted to the serve out the match his poise deserted him and a wayward backhand made it 5-5. I was like, Not again, definitely not again.

"I think the best is yet to come", Dimitrov said.

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