Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem says he is a fan of the current scoring format on the Tour but he would have nothing against playing a match tie-break instead of a common third set in early rounds at tournaments. Thiem, ranked at No.
3 in the world, participated in the first leg of the bett1 Aces tennis exhibition in Berlin and made it all the way after beating world No. 8 Matteo Berrettini in the final. The tournament organizers decided to replace a common third set with a match tie-break.
"I sill prefer the common scoring format," Dominic Thiem said after beating the Italian, as quoted on Sportskeeda. "Though I would welcome a match tie break in the third set. This format could also be built in from time to time in the early rounds of the tour, as it creates a lot of excitement for the audience."
Thiem, the highest ranked player in the draw of the opening leg of the Berlin exhibition, progressed automatically into the semifinal since he had a bye. The Austrian was awaiting the winner of the match between Jannik Sinner and former world No.
2 Tommy Haas -- the rising Italian star ended up beating the German 6-4 3-6 10-8. On Tuesday, Thiem kicked off his campaign on the grass courts of the Berlin exhibition with a straight-set win as he defeated the 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals champion 6-3 7-6 (5).
Thiem, who ended runner-up at this year's Australian Open, claimed the first break of the match in the fourth game and then routinely held on to his serve to claim the opener. As no breaks were seen in the second set -- the set had to be resolved in a tie-break -- where Thiem was down 4-5 before he won three points in a row to win the tie-break and complete a two-set win.
Thiem makes a comeback to win the title
A few days ago, Thiem fell just short of winning it all at his event Thiem's 7 -- which was held on clay -- as he was edged out by rising Russian star Andrey Rublev in a right final.
Making a switch from clay to grass in such a short time wasn't a problem for Thiem, who recovered from a set down in the Berlin exhibition final to beat 2019 Stuttgart champion Berrettini 6-7 (4) 6-4 10-8. Coming up big in a match tie-break helped Thiem claim the title as the Austrian took an early lead in the decider and never looked back.