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Novak Djokovic had to dig deep to book his spot in the semi-finals of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals on Tuesday, beating Milos Raonic in two close sets in his second match of the group stages.
There was little to separate the two men, who served their way to two tiebreaks. Twice Djokovic held his nerve to finish the deal and make his final match of the group stage moot.
Earlier in the day, 23-year-old Dominic Thiem became the youngest player since 2009 to win a match at the World Tour Finals by beating Gael Monfils in three sets.
Here are Tuesday’s results:
|Novak Djokovic||7-6 (6), 7-6 (5)||Milos Raonic|
|Dominic Thiem||6-3, 1-6, 6-4||Gael Monfils|
The schedule for Wednesday:
|Andy Murray||vs.||Kei Nishikori|
|Stan Wawrinka||vs.||Marin Cilic|
As shared by TennisTV, the crowd at the O2 Arena were entertained before the match between Djokovic and Raonic even began, with a most unusual coin flip:
Watch! Ever seen a pre-match coin toss like this? Nothing to separate…