Thiem celebrated a fine win over Djokovic (Picture: CameraSport via Getty)

Dominic Thiem was delighted to secure back-to-back wins against members of the ‘Big Three’ for the first time in his career and hailed a ‘special’ performance that saw him see off Novak Djokovic late on Tuesday night.

Having inflicted defeat on Roger Federer on the opening day of the ATP Finals, Thiem arrived into his second round robin match with Djokovic in confident mood and produced some stunning ball striking in a 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-6 (7-5) win over the world No. 2.

Thiem hit half a century of winners as he blitzed Djokovic off court, booking his spot in the semi-finals of this event for the first time in his career.

‘Probably it was maybe the best match I ever played,’ Thiem said in his post-mach press conference. ‘It was a real classic and epic match which will happen from time to time at these big tournaments.

Djokovic was beaten (Picture: Getty)

‘It had everything what a match like this needs. He was up; I was up. He was playing amazing points. Me, I was playing amazing points. And then I think the match deserved an end in the third-set tiebreak. Well, there it’s, I think, if we are playing two hours 45, two top 10 players, it’s only about luck, and it was a little bit more on my side today in the third-set tiebreak.

‘But I’m really happy and proud, because as I said before, it was probably the best match I ever played.

‘I knew that I had to play like this to beat him. Against everybody who qualified for this tournament here, there is a special effort necessary to win.

‘I did it against Roger, and I did it also today. Probably Novak is the best player in the world right now, so I had to do something outstanding, something unusual, and that’s what I did. I mean, I was hitting really, really hard.’

This is the first time Thiem has won more than one match in a single calendar year at this tournament, but he has his eyes on a far bigger prize this time around.

‘I’m really confident, of course,’ he added. ‘It was I think for the first time that I beat two of the Big 3 back to back, which gives me a lot of confidence.

Thiem was left celebrating a fine win (Picture: AFP via Getty)

‘Also, I’m super happy and proud that I reached the semifinals for the first time. It was a big goal, but of course it’s not enough now. I’ll try to play a good match against Matteo on Thursday.

‘Of course it’s a little bit more comfortable now that I don’t have a lot of pressure in this match, but of course I want to continue the great shape and then full focus on the semi-finals. And I try to keep up the great level I had in the first two matches also for the semi-finals.

‘It would be the biggest title of my career. I think this tournament here is almost on level with the Grand Slams, because it’s so tough to win it.

‘You have to beat only top 10 players. You have to beat the eight best players of the season. Maybe this tournament is the most difficult to win all year.’

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