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Grigor Dimitrov is the player Rafael Nadal's coach has identified as the one he'd rather the world No. 1 didn't have to face at the round-robin stage of the ATP Finals.

The Bulgarian, who reached the Australian Open semi-finals and claimed his maiden ATP Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati in 2017, staked his claim as a contender to progress from Group Pete Sampras with an enthralling win.

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Dimitrov failed to serve out the match at the first time of asking, only for Thiem to hand him a second opportunity with two double faults in a row.

The Bryans broke serve at the end of the first set to clinch it 7-5 before taking an early lead in the second.

The 26-year-old earned a break point on Thiem's first service game but let the Austrian off the hook with a backhand into the net. "We fought hard to come back in the second set".

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"I'm not going to lie - I was pretty nervous, my first match out here", he told reporters.

Both players began the encounter hitting the ball crisply from the baseline but Thiem was the first to be broken in the sixth game of the match and Dimitrov maintained the advantage to close out the opening set without facing a single break point.

And Dimitrov finally triumphed after two hours and 22 minutes, serving out victory via a nervy deuce.

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