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Novak Djokovic: "I thought I didn't do too many things wrong"

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World No.2 and defending champion Novak Djokovic was full of praise for his young opponent Dominic Thiem after battling back from a set down to beat the Austrian in the opening match of the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Djokovic lost the opening set 12-10 in a tiebreak, but stormed back to win the next two 6-0, 6-2 to make a positive start to the tournament.

The Serbian ace saved a clutch of set points in the first set and was really given a run for his money by his opponent, playing in his first year end championships.

Djokovic praised Thiem after the match, saying, "Dominic definitely seemed very impressive considering it was his debut in the World Tour Finals. It didn't seem like he was overwhelmed by the stage or occasion. He came out firing. He came out really playing great tennis. Got to give him credit for that. He was obviously very pumped up to get to the court and give his best."

About his own performance, Djokovic said, "It felt very good. Even though I lost the first set, I thought I didn't do too many things wrong. It was just the very high quality of his game that prevailed in the first set. Yeah, a thrilling tiebreaker. He was 6-3 up, two double-faults. I had I think only one set point. He just played a good point. I was in the rally, but he just was going for his shots. In the end he managed to win that very long first set.

"I knew after that, the first opening couple games of the second set would be crucial for me to start with a break up, which I did. I felt more comfortable. I started swinging more freely in the second set. Obviously made him play an extra shot. He started making more errors, which I used. I was on top of his second serves, putting a lot of pressure. I thought I played very well in the second set especially, but the third as well."