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Fithiem outmuscling Oldal, who felt the pressure of physical inferiority hard and not only lost a break lead in both of the first two sets, but mugged up the tiebreaks with silly errors - two basic FH misses in 1st TB, a netted volley and fluffy dropshot for Thiem's easy winner in 2nd TB. To Thiem's credit, he stayed composed and strong through the match except for a short dip in the end of the third set, and was able to stop the bleeding saving 3 BPs at the start of the fourth than using his physicality to break. Of course, it wouldn't have been a proper Thiem win if he didn't choke serving for it with four basic errors, and choked *6-4 MP in the breaker with a basic FH miss too, but finally rode his edge and closed out the match.
 

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Rafa lost most of the biggest points of this match, Thiem simply too clutch today (or lucky more so).
Great effort from Rafa, no shame in that.
 

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Haase in absolute ruins now that Nadal is coming for his tiebreak record
 

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They were even today, Rafa probably a bit better, but I've never seen all 8/9 frames+net cords go one player's way, at crucial moments. If tennis doesn't fix that (dead nets=replay), luck will decide some matches. Let this match be known as NetcordGate.

Rafa should have taken the towel anyway at 6-6, dare her make the TV call when it's so sweaty.

Dominator, go all the way!
 

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Completely, utterly deserved victory. The 4th set could have been easier and way less of a torture for the nerves, but the confidence boost will be HUGE for Thiem (short and long term).

Well done to him! And thanks for the FITD chances. I have him winning the title, yes, against Djokovic.
 
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