Published: Sun, November 18, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Roger Federer stays alive at ATP Finals

Roger Federer stays alive at ATP Finals

"Among the best I've played", Anderson said.

"It's never easy to play against him, especially indoors". Federer skipped practice yesterday for a second time this week in a bid to keep his mental welfare in order.

He broke again for 4-0, and despite the crowd doing its best to get behind the Japanese, Anderson's consistency was too much for Nishikori, with a third break giving the South African the first set in just 31 minutes thanks largely to 14 unforced errors from Nishikori's racket.

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The Swiss star suffered a shock opening-round defeat against Nishikori before seeing off Thiem in straight sets in round two.

Federer will likely have to avenge his Wimbledon loss this year to Anderson to reach the semi-finals, although all four players in the group could still mathematically progress.

Another break followed in the seventh game as Thiem netted a tame volley as Federer won the first set easily. I don't know. But, yeah, I just didn't play well this week.

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He will next take on in-form South African, Kevin Anderson, who humbled Nishikori 6-0 6-1 earlier in the day. It worked, as another forehand mistake from Thiem put Federer in complete control in the second set.

Time after time, seemingly even rallies ended with an error out of nowhere from Nishikori.

The 32-year-old debutant at the ATP's blue riband event won the first 11 games of the round-robin clash, before a relieved Nishikori finally got on the scoreboard with an angled victor.

Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a return to Dominic Thiem of Austria during their ATP World Tour Finals men's singles tennis match at the O2 arena in London, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.

Nishikori's chances remain decent, particularly if he can secure a straight sets win, although his heavy defeat to Anderson could play a major role should it come down to percentage of games won.

"I felt fresh, but I just didn't feel the ball this week", said Nishikori.

The Austrian takes on Kei Nishikori in the day session, ahead of Federer's meeting with Anderson. Federer, who lost their Wimbledon quarter-final clash this year, said on court.

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