Dominic Thiem feels he proved a point in outclassing Kei Nishikori 6-1 6-4 on Thursday at the ATP Finals. The Austrian lost his opening two matches in Group Lleyton Hewitt to Roger Federer and Kevin Anderson but kept his slim hopes of a place in the knockout stages alive with a dominant win over the Japanese.
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Thiem admitted ahead of the clash at London’s O2 that he had been left frustrated by his inability to perform so far.
After tinkering with his approach, the 25-year-old feels he showed what he can do with his display on Thursday but is not holding out too much hope ahead of the pool’s closing contest between Federer and Anderson.
“I just went into that match and wanted to show my real self again basically because two days ago was really bad,” said Thiem. “I wanted to have a much better game again today. That’s what I did. “I made some adjustments. I tried to have a higher first-serve percentage. Some things definitely paid off. Of course, I’m happy that I got the win.”
He added: “I’m not sure if I’m going to watch [tonight’s match]. No, I will watch it because it’s a good match in general. “To be honest, I’m not hoping for [qualification] because it’s not very realistic. I think both of these two players really deserve to go [through]. That’s how it’s going to be at the end.”