Kudos to Caroline Whitaker for sharing a moment that wasn’t broadcast live, because her tumble at the ATP Finals needed to be seen by the world.
The sports presenter was doing a trial run of her introduction of a blockbuster slate of semi-final matches on Sunday morning featuring the top four ranked men’s players in the world.
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The clip Whitaker shared showed her talking about some of the memorable last four matches that have been witnessed at the season-ending tournament, which is being held in London for the 12th and final time this year before moving to Turin in Italy from 2021-25.
“Today we’ll see the world’s best, the top f …” she said, before rolling an ankle and crashing to the ground.
My big chance to become a meme. pic.twitter.com/9dBXbOczxK
“Yes I’m OK by way,” she tweeted, after posting the vision. “And no we weren’t live.”
Tennis fans were treated again once the action began on court as Dominic Thiem recovered from squandering four match points in a dramatic second-set tie-break to beat Novak Djokovic in three pulsating sets.
The Austrian third seed’s 7-5 6-7 (10/12) 7-6 (7/5) win ended Djokovic’s hopes of equalling Roger Federer’s record of six titles at the elite eight-man event.
The US Open champion will face either Rafael Nadal or Daniil Medvedev in Monday’s final as he chases the second-biggest title of his career.
The 2019 runner-up, who forced the only break in the first set, faced an uphill battle psychologically after his missed chances in the second-set tie-break.
But he was quickly back in the groove and held his nerve to rally from 4-0 down in the final-set tie-break, winning six successive points to earn two match points and taking the second of those.
“It was for sure a mental battle,” said Thiem. “I got so tight in the second-set tie-break, first of all because to play these legends is always going to be something special.
“And then playing for a final here at the ATP Finals is also something very special. I thought after my first big title in New York maybe I’m going to be a little bit more calm but that was a mistake I guess.
“I was just as tight and nervous as before and it was so much on the edge, the match … I’m incredibly happy to be through.”
Caroline Whitaker and Dominic Thiem were the early stars on semi-final day.Source:Getty Images
Thiem took time to settle at the start of the match, hitting a number of unforced errors, but found his rhythm and his single-handed backhand became an important weapon as the match wore on.
But he looked down and out at 4-0 down in the final-set tie-break before rallying impressively, winning six points in a row before converting his sixth match point with a powerful forehand approach shot.
Thiem is only the second player in 2020 to win a tie-break against Djokovic, who entered the third-set decider with a 15-1 tie-break record this season.
The Austrian has lifted himself into the top echelon of the men’s game, reaching the Australian Open final this year, where he lost to Djokovic, before his triumph at Flushing Meadows in September.
Second-seed Nadal, seeking his first title at the ATP Finals, plays world number four Medvedev in Sunday’s evening match.
– with AFP
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