Grigor Dimitrov holds off Dominic Thiem in his ATP Finals debut

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He lost in three sets to Grigor Dimitrov.

Dimitrov recovered impressive to break in the third, but he failed to serve out the match at the first time of asking. He broke in the sixth game and was rock-solid, winning 16 of 18 first-serve points.

"Every match I want to win 100 per cent for myself and follow what I've been working on".

Thiem applied pressure in game eight but it came to nothing, however with Dimitrov serving for the match for a second time the Austrian finally found a way through to level the decider at 5-5.

The sixth seed got off to the flawless start, winning his opening round-robin match in the Pete Sampras Group as he was able to keep his nerves in check to beat the Austrian 6-3 5-7 7-5.

Australian Open semi-finalist Dimitrov produced a magical drop-volley from impossibly close to the net to break Thiem's serve at 3-3 in the decider and held his own to lead 5-3.

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"Things seem to be going the right way so far".

Grigor Dimitrov has recorded a three-set victory over Dominic Thiem in his first-ever match at the ATP World Tour Finals.

Nadal was presented a trophy yesterday after ending the year as world number one.

Dimitrov, the first Bulgarian to qualify for the tournament in its 48-year-old history, overcame some late jitters to prevail in the opening Pete Sampras Group match.

Nadal's appearance has been in doubt after a knee injury forced him to withdraw midway through the Paris Masters tournament.

The pair will meet tomorrow, after Croatia's Marin Cilic takes on American Jack Sock.

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