Thiem stifles Federer's revolution and will go for Djokovic

Federer could not beat Thiem, who had beaten him in his last match on the ground and picked up two match points to face Djokovic in the Mutua semifinals.

Dominic Thiem will not miss his appointment with the semifinals of the Mutua Madrid Open, which he already played in 2017 and 2018. The Austrian had won Roger Federer in the last match of the Swiss on the ground (eighth of Rome 2016) and returned to do it this Friday in Quarters of the Masters 1.000 español. Thus, raising two match points, it stopped the return of the genius to the clay season and stifled the revolution that he proposed and that did serve him before Gasquet and Monfils. From the start, Thiem failed the aggressive game of Federer, with moments of serve and volley, even with second services, and very little exchange. But later he understood that he should join the rebellion and lead it. Thus, with its enormous power and an almost divine success, it was as it came back in a match that grew from less to more and finally did not disappoint at all: 6-3, 6-7 (11) and 6-4 in 2h: 10. Now will face the number one, Novak Djokovic, who will come to Saturday's duel (16:00, TDP and MD1) .

The first set was dominated by Federer, who did not grant a break option to a Thiem surprised by the start daring and the variations of the Swiss. In a short time he put the 1-0 in his locker and seemed headed towards an incontestable victory. But the game won in quality, spectacle and emotion as the Austrian's confidence grew, he began to place brutal blows and enter the game of Federer. He had five break options, he did not convert them and the luck of the second set was resolved in a wonderful and long playoff. Thiem took him in front of the man with the best success percentage in the tie-breaks history (64.8%) , taking advantage of the sixth set point after lifting two match balls.

A Federer did him harm not to solve the party, his opponent realized and went for all. With rage unleashed, as he had played against Nadal in the semifinals of Barcelona, hit with that hammer pylon that has in the right arm and was exhausting the master. He took an advantage break in the third game and held on until in the eighth the winner of 20 Grand Slams recovered. More impossible emotion. Acto followed, Thiem broke again the rest, took out to win and did not forgive.

Thiem, in the positive balance club against Federer

Thiem is one of the five players who have a positive balance in their confrontations with Federer having played at least five matches against him (93 tennis players have done it). This select club is formed by Djokovic (25-22), Nadal (23-15) , Thiem (4-2), Yevgeny Kafelnikov (4-2) and Alex Corretja (3-2) .

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