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Sport Thiem fights back to down Tsitsipas and win China Open

10:35  07 october  2019
10:35  07 october  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

British number two Dan Evans puts in spirited display against John Isner but is knocked out of China Open in the second round

  British number two Dan Evans puts in spirited display against John Isner but is knocked out of China Open in the second round British number two Dan Evans produced a brave display but slipped to a straight sets defeat to John Isner in the second round of the China Open. The 29-year-old, ranked 48th in the world, had beaten Chinese player Zhe Li earlier in the week, but despite showing plenty of endeavour in both sets, he was beaten 7-6 (3) 7-5 by the American in just under two hours.Evans had forced two break-point chances in the ninth game, before world number 19 Isner recovered and then clinched the set in the tie-break.

Tsitsipas and Thiem faced off five times last year ( Thiem led 3-2) and endured bruising baseline battles during their three clay-court matchups. But Sunday's final was nearly the opposite as both were keen to attack from the back of the court and charge forward, even serving and volleying on big points.

Thiem battled back from a set down to beat the Russian 3-6 6-1 6-1 earlier on Saturday. This year, Tsitsipas reached the finals of the Madrid Open , Millennium Estoril Open , Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and in the men's doubles at the Miami Open . Meanwhile, Britain's Jamie Murray and

a man looking at a ball: China Open winner Dominic Thiem © Getty Images China Open winner Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem came from behind to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6 6-4 6-1 to secure China Open glory and his fourth title of the year.

Thiem took advantage of a sloppy Tsitsipas start in Beijing to break to love in the opening game but the Greek respondedf immediately to get back on serve.

  Thiem fights back to down Tsitsipas and win China Open © Jason Lee/Reuters   Thiem fights back to down Tsitsipas and win China Open © Ng Han Guan

Tsitsipas, playing in his first final since May, was able to get on the front foot thereafter, breaking to go 5-3 up by taking advantage of unforced errors from top seed Thiem.

A cute volley gave Tsitsipas set point and his terrific wide serve allowed the 21-year-old to power home, then a smash volley saw him break at the start of the second.

Murray's Beijing run comes to an end

  Murray's Beijing run comes to an end Andy Murray's run at the China Open has ended in the quarter-finals with a straight-sets defeat to Dominic Thiem. Murray took the top seed to a second-set tie break in Beijing before his challenge ended in a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) defeat.The former world number one, however, will be encouraged by his display and his tournament as he bids to return to the top level of tennis after surgery on his hip earlier this year.

Thiem takes down Tsitsipas for China Open title. Top-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem beat Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to win the China Open on Sunday. Fifth-ranked Thiem , 26, recorded his fourth title in a season in which he has defeated both Roger Federer and top-ranked

Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas beats German second seed Alexander Zverev to set up Beijing Open final date It was one-way traffic in the second as Tsitsipas 's momentum allowed him to win 12 points in a row to In the other semi-final, top seed Thiem dropped the first set and came back from 3-5 down

  Thiem fights back to down Tsitsipas and win China Open © Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo   Thiem fights back to down Tsitsipas and win China Open © Thomas Peter/Reuters

But again the reply came swiftly from the world number five, this time Thiem profiting on misplaced Tsitsipas shots to get back on track at 2-2.

Tsitsipas had two chances to secure a second straight break but Thiem battled back and forced the third seed to save three break points to make it 4-4 and add to the Austrian's growing frustration.

  Thiem fights back to down Tsitsipas and win China Open © VCG/VCG via Getty Images   Thiem fights back to down Tsitsipas and win China Open © Leo Ramirez/AFP via Getty Images

Consecutive forehand passes from Tsitsipas created another break point, Thiem able to claw his way back to hold serve - that success giving him a timely confidence boost.

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  Murray gets favourable draw, Federer faces test in Shanghai A wildcard at the Shanghai Masters, Andy Murray was given a favourable draw at the ATP 1000 tournament.Murray, continuing his comeback after hip surgery, accepted a wildcard into the ATP 1000 tournament, and the Brit will meet a qualifier in his opener.

Tsitsipas , 21, won 70% of his first-service points and broke Zverev four times to leave the German still seeking his first win over a top-10 opponent in 2019. Khachanov had the chance to serve for the match at 5-3 in the second set before Thiem fought his way back into the contest to win the tiebreak.

Dominic Thiem will face a resurgent Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the China Open after Thiem showed his fighting spirit to turn it around, though, coming from 5-3 down in the second A composed Tsitsipas powered into a 5-1 lead with two breaks in the second set and although Zverev won three

A stunning forehand set up three break points for Thiem and he seized upon the last of them to take the final to a decider, a cross-court passing shot beating Tsitsipas with the aid of the net cord.

  Thiem fights back to down Tsitsipas and win China Open © Ng Han Guan/AP Photo   Thiem fights back to down Tsitsipas and win China Open © Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo

Again Tsitsipas collapsed to 0-40 in his first service game of the third and, although he reeled off four straight points to recover, he then pushed a volley wide to hand Thiem the break.

Thiem's relentless energy was causing Tsitsipas problems and the two-time French Open finalist soon secured a double break to move 4-0 up, a position of strength he would not let slip to complete a fine week in which he also qualified for the ATP Finals.

  Thiem fights back to down Tsitsipas and win China Open © Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo   Thiem fights back to down Tsitsipas and win China Open © Ng Han Guan/AP Photo

"I think this was one of the best matches I've played in my whole career," Thiem said at the post-match presentation after sealing his first triumph in Asia. 

"He played amazing and I hope we have lots more finals in the biggest tournaments. Last year we had a great rivalry so I hope this continues."

Medvedev to face Zverev in Shanghai after reaching sixth straight final .
After easing past Matteo Berrettini in the last four, Alexander Zverev will meet Daniil Medvedev in the final of the Shanghai Masters.The Russian continued his stunning second half of 2019 with a battling 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in his semi-final match.

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