Former world No. 1 Boris Becker said he felt a "little bit disappointed" by rising Austrian star Dominic Thiem's performance against Swiss Roger Federer at the Nitto ATP Finals on Tuesday. Many expected to see a great clash between Federer and Thiem but the night session match was a one-sided affair.
Record 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer defeated French Open runner-up Thiem easier than expected as he handed the Austrian a 6-2 6-3 loss. After the match, Becker tweeted: "Roger Federer played solid but (I'm a) little disappointed with Dominic Thiem tonight! Domi can strike the ball and has so much power but ...?" World No.
3 Federer didn't convert a break point in the opening game of the match but broke eighth-ranked Thiem in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. The Swiss broke the Austrian for the second time in the set in the seventh game before he served out for the opener in the following game.
Federer, 37, started the second set on a high note as well as he broke the world No. 8 in the opening game of the set. Thiem saved a break point in the fifth game but it changed nothing as Federer broke the Austrian in the eighth game to clinch a straight-set win.
The 37-year-old converted 4-of-7 of his break point chances and didn't face a single break point in just over an hour of action. It was the fourth meeting between Federer and Thiem as the head-to-head record between the two now stands at 2-2.