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Summary

  1. Austria's Dominic Thiem beats Gael Monfils 6-3 1-6 6-4
  2. Thiem's first win in Ivan Lendl group keeps alive his semi-final hopes
  3. Monfils has lost his first two matches
  4. Novak Djokovic plays Milos Raonic at 20:00 GMT

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Novak Djokovic and Milos Raonic
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As the match winner, Dominic Thiem chooses Closer by The Chainsmokers for the BBC's closing montage.

A new one for me.

We are back this evening though with live text and radio commentary of Novak Djokovic v Milos Raonic.

See you there.

Monfils 3-6 6-1 4-6 Thiem

Tim Henman

Former British number one on BBC Two

Dominic Thiem
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Dominic Thiem has risen fast through the rankings. He was world number 20 this time last year and he is up to nine now. It gets hard to continue that improvement though. Not only are you mixing with better players, but you are less of an unknown quantity.

Monfils 3-6 6-1 4-6 Thiem

Andrew Castle

BBC Sport tennis commentator

Gael Monfils
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The donations from Gael Monfils are so frustrating to watch. In the penultimate game he got away with giving away a couple of free points, but then in that final game he has three double faults. That is unacceptable. It is concentration.

Announcement at 02 at conclusion of Thiem win over Monfils. 'There are a few tickets left for Murray vs. Nishikori tomorrow.' #bbctennis

Watch again: Match point

Here's the moment Dominic Thiem sealed victory after a hard fought three sets...

Match point as Dominic Thiem defeats Gael Monfils in three sets

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Dominic Thiem
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Dominic Thiem on BBC Two: "It was a very close match but luckily he helped me in the last game. Maybe I was the lucky one today.

"I am very happy that there's still a chance for me to reach the semi-finals but Milos Raonic is an amazing opponent. I can't wait to get back out here in this amazing arena and in front of this crowd."

Tim Henman

Former British number one on BBC Two

Gael Monfils looks disappointed
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Really disapppointing for Monfils to fight back and set up a third set only to hit double faults and errors in that last game.

Game, set and match

Monfils 3-6 6-1 4-6 Thiem

Match point as Dominic Thiem defeats Gael Monfils in three sets

In the battle of the two World Tour Finals debutants, it is Dominic Thiem who claims his first win at the tournament.

Gael Monfils blots long on the final point after a string of double faults. 

Andrew Castle

BBC Sport tennis commentator

Gael Monfils
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We were questioning whether Monfils really wanted to be out there at the end of the first set, as well as the condition of his knee, but we have a really good game on now.

*Monfils 3-6 6-1 4-5 Thiem

A slight scare for Gael Monfils as he slides at the back of the court and has to take a moment flexing off while leaning on the advertising hoardings.

His ankle is good to go. But the game has already been claimed by his opponent.

Monfils holds

Monfils 3-6 6-1 4-4 *Thiem

Gael Monfils withstands the storm and comes out smiling.

Monfils saves two break points, deuce

*Monfils 3-6 6-1 3-4 Thiem

Gael Monfils backed up to the brink as he gives away two basic errors and then misses a backhand from the end of the world by a whisker. 15-40 and two break points.

A whopper of an inside out forehand and then some streetwise hustle, chasing in behind a bodyline second serve to fluster Dominic Thiem out of the point follow.

Deuce.

Watch again: Thiem's wild errors

Hard to believe Dominic Thiem went on to win this game after two dreadful shots...

Dominic Thiem hits a couple of wild shots against Gael Monfils

Miles Maclagan

Former British Davis Cup player on Radio 5 live sports extra

We're getting to the end of this match but we still don't know which way this is going to go. The good thing is Monfils appears to be moving around the court with freedom.

*Monfils 3-6 6-1 3-4 Thiem

A superb point at 15-15 as Gael Monfils reads Dominic Thiem's serve like a Ladybird classic, clambering into his return.

The ball is zapping down on the advancing Thiem's toes like a laser, but the Austrian's sharp reflexes are matched by feather soft hands as he teases a half-volley pick-up out of reach.

Lovely stuff and Thiem holds.

Monfils 3-6 6-1 3-3 *Thiem

Gael Monfils serves
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Gael Monfils slaps down the gauntlet with a hold to love. He is looking the man more likely as we close in fast on the pointy end of this deciding set.

*Monfils 3-6 6-1 2-3 Thiem

Neither man has put a foot wrong so far on this high-wire shoot-out of a third set.

Tim Henman

Former British number one on BBC Two

At this stage of the match it's about doing the basics well. Making stupid mistakes is not going to help his cause.

Monfils 3-6 6-1 2-2 *Thiem

Gael Monfils is holding serve with less fuss and bother than the man at the other end.

He knocks off another - this time for the loss of just one point - as he turns the spotlight back on Dominic Thiem.

Watch again: Monfils shows off his skills

Monfils controlled that second set, showing off his athleticism as he rescued this point...

Gael Monfils shows his athleticism to win a tough point against Dominic Thiem