Dimitrov upsets Thiem in 1st round of ATP Finals
London Nov 14 (IANS) Grigor Dimitrov defeated Austria s Dominic Thiem 6-3 5-7 7-5 here in the opening match of the Pete Sampras Group at the ATP Finals.
World Number 6 Dimitrov the first Bulgarian to qualify for the season-ending championship in the 48 years since its founding battled for two hours and 21 minutes to beat fourth-seed Thiem on Monday Efe news reported.
The 26-year-old Bulgarian broke his Austrian rival three times to win the match.
Thiem ranked fourth in the world won the Rio Open and was a finalist in Barcelona and Madrid.
He also reached the semifinals at Rome and the French Open.