Dominic Thiem beat Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 10-8 to win the Bett1 Aces exhibition tournament in Berlin yesterday as pro tennis struggled to make a return to action.
Rain delayed the match by seven hours, when it cleared both players held serve before Berrettini came back from 1-4 down by winning six points to win the tie-break 7-4.
Thiem then converted his third break point in the seventh game and held on his serve to win the second set 6-4.
In ‘super tie-break’ Thiem earned took a 7-3 lead, Berrettini hit back to 8-9, before Thiem sealed the the win 10-8.
“I think that there was a changing point in the second set where I saved two break points,” Thiem said.
“I got really lucky with a drop shot that came off the frame to defend one break point. Match tie-breaks are always very close but I guess I was the luckiest today.”
The women’s final between Elina Svitolina and Petra Kvitova was postponed due to bad light until tomorrow (Friday).