The French Open finalist had a poor performance in front of 17,800 spectators in the O2 Arena in London and could not claim Federer at all. He meets in the latest group game at the Japanese Kei Nishikori.
Thiem must now win the competition on Thursday (not before 15:00 CET) if he wants an arithmetic chance of reaching the semifinals. Additionally, number 6 places Austrian but must increase enormously. Nishikori had even got a 0: 6: 6 gossip in the afternoon against Kevin Anderson. The final duel with the Japanese Vienna finalist Thiem lost 3: 6,1: 6 in Stadthalle a few weeks ago.
Federer pulled his head out of his nose with victory against Thiem, because he would have retired in any case in a defeat before the semi-final. The Swiss now play on Thursday against the remaining winner without losing the record Vienna winner Anderson. "It feels good, I'm very glad I showed a response after the game against Kei," Federer told the spectators on the field. "It's something I'm not used to losing and then playing again, but it was a big challenge for me."
Thiem's overall fourth duel with the now 20-time Grand Slam winner was against him from the beginning. Already in the opening game this year, the French Open finalist was to ward off a break-ball and secured 1-0 after seven minutes. After 13 minutes Federer took his next chance to break the game for the first time. Thiem was always in trouble in the rest of the first set at his service. After a double foul for 30:40 and an unmotivated Serve Volley after the second service, he had to give the service to 2: 5 again. Federer served after 31 minutes to sentence guide.
When Thiem lost the service again at the start of the second round (after double foul for 15:40) the course was set for the second defeat. Only twice, Thiem decided to play his service clearly for himself, but at 3: 6 he had to give the service again at the second match. Significant: It was a big deal far out.
Elf Winner had 34 unforeseen mistakes at Thiem. The first service was only 50 percent and he did not have a single rastball. Numbers speak a clear language.
Just under 75 minutes after the end of the game, Dominic Thiem appeared at the press conference and was baffled by his poor performance. "I can not explain it, it was a worse performance, many mistakes that were not a short mistake now, but went a mile away, so it was only very weak."
Only in the beginning it was still halfway in order, but after the break to 1: 2 he had the match "completely gone". Basically, he is still confident, even though he lost the first set. "Because I've shot a lot of times, I wanted to do it today, but I also realized that there was nothing right today, because I did such bastards, I'm not stupid and I know it will be very difficult today . "
With two defeats, Thiem still has a chance to be promoted in a victory over Kei Nishikori. "I will seek my tennis in training and hopefully find it," said Lower Austria with a smile. "The day after tomorrow I have to play a smart match, otherwise I do not get the chance against anyone, and if I win, I see how the other match ends."
But he was not out. "With a 0-2 balance sheet plus such a bad game today, I have to postpone the idea of coming forward."