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Dimitrov marks debut with narrow victory over Thiem

UNI India-English 2017-11-13 23:05:15
By Martyn Herman
LONDON, Nov 13 (Reuters) Grigor Dimitrov made a winning start to his maiden ATP Finals when he outlasted Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3 5-7 7-5 in a gripping afternoon duel at the O2 Arena on Monday.

The opening match in the Pete Sampras Group produced a feast of stylish backhands from both players but it was Dimitrov, the first Bulgarian to qualify for the tournament in its 48-year-old history, who overcome some late jitters to prevail.