Dominic Thiem
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Grigor Dimitrov
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Tennis

ByTheMinTennis

Hello there. Fancy some tennis to help you get through another Monday? I know I do.

This afternoon's match? Dominic Thiem against Grigor Dimitrov in the group stages of the big season finale, the ATP Finals. Formerly known as the ATP World Tour Finals, the Tennis Masters Cup, etc....

No tournament is more overdramatic than the ATP World Tour's showpiece at London's O2 Arena. It's great fun, if a little over the top.

Who are today's players? I'm glad you asked.

Dominic Thiem is a 24 year old player from Austria making his second appearance at the event, after going out in the group stage last year. He has just the one title in 2017, on the clay in Rio de Janeiro in February, and is most at home on the red stuff.

Once touted as the next big thing - he's probably a bit old for that now - Thiem has been struggling in recent times, having reached just one quarterfinal since reaching the last four at the French Open, and none since August. Having said that, he's a top 8 player for a reason, and don't bet against him winning the French Open one day. Maybe after Rafa retires, though...

Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov is another former next big thing, who's had something of a comeback year in 2017 after a few disappointing seasons. To my surprise, this is Dimitrov's first appearance at the season finale, although I'm sure it won't be his last.

Dimitrov has three titles so far this year, including his first Masters title in Cincinnati this summer. A very talented shot maker - to the point where he used to be, infuriatingly, referred to as "baby Fed" - Dimitrov will be hoping to continue his recent good form on his debut at the O2.

My money's on Dimitrov today. He's the better player on hard courts, and is in far, far better form than his opponent today. Having said that, Thiem leads the head to head 2-1.

Players are warming up now. Dimitrov has risen from 40 to 6 in the rankings this year, according to Sue Barker. He's really stepped it up this year, including going 16-1 to start the year.