In the battle of the four-time Mubadala World Tennis Championship winner Novak Djokovic and the ATP Finals conqueror Stefanos Tsitsipas, the Greek scored a 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 triumph to advance into the final. Novak made an impressive comeback in the second set to reach the tie break, wasting the opportunity to seal the deal in straight sets and suffering an early loss in the decider that propelled Stefanos through.
It was an exciting encounter to watch, with many winners and attractive moves on both sides that kept the crowd entertained from start to finish. Novak saved a break point with an ace in the first game and grabbed a break in game two following a forehand error from Tsitsipas who hit a double fault at 1-4 to suffer a break at love and push Novak further in front.
The Serb lost his serve in the next game before closing the opener with a service winner in game nine for a 6-3 in just over 30 minutes. Tsitsipas repelled a break chance at the beginning of the second set, stealing the rival's serve in the next game and forging a 5-1 advantage after forcing an error from Djokovic.
Out of sudden, the defending champion started to play much better, pulling both breaks back in games seven and nine to reach a tie break, the must-win one for Stefanos. The Greek grabbed three mini-breaks and clinched it 7-4 when Novak's forehand landed in the net, gathering momentum and delivering another break in the first game of the final set.
That gave him the upper hand on the court, wasting more break chances but serving well in all five games to keep the scoreboard on his side and seal the deal with an ace in game ten.