‘Nervous’ Dimitrov sees off Thiem in London

Grigor Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov admitted to feeling the nerves after defeating Dominic Thiem in his opening match of the ATP Finals.

The Bulgarian overcame a second-set wobble to secure a 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 victory.

With Thiem struggling to land his first serves, a single break was enough for Dimitrov to take the opening set at London’s O2 Arena.

But the Austrian improved his numbers significantly in the second set and provided far more of a challenge.

Fending off a break point in the 11th game with a powerful forehand winner, he pressed home his advantage to break to love and level the match at one set apiece.

Dimitrov went a break up in the decider but made a meal of his first opportunity to serve out the match, as Thiem broke back to level the set at 5-5.

But Dimitrov was able to rise to the occasion and break back before holding his nerve to close out the contest.

Afterwards, the Bulgarian admitted to feeling some pre-match jitters in his ATP Finals debut.

“I’m not going to lie – I was pretty nervous, my first match out here,” Dimitrov said.

“I’m just very grateful to win that match, especially in that manner. It’s never easy to come out here and play for the first time.”

Later this evening in London, Rafael Nadal will launch his ATP Finals bid when he takes on David Goffin in the second match of the Pete Sampras group.