Roger Federer rebounds to keep ATP Finals hopes alive

Silvia Morton
November 18, 2018

Swiss Maestro Roger Federer has defeated Dominic Thiem of Austria in straight sets at the ATP Finals in London.

Federer kept the momentum, and did not face any resilience from his opponent to easily win the 2nd set 6-3.

Federer was more concerned with the way he rediscovered his form to convincingly beat Thiem, admitting his head had not been right in a straight sets defeat by Nishikori.

First up on court, it was Kei Nishikori, who took on Kevin Anderson for a third tournament in a row and it was the big man from South Africa, who took some sweet revenge of his defeat in Paris, with a scintillating 6-0, 6-1 win, to seal his second consecutive victory at the Nitto ATP Finals. I don't know. But, yeah, I just didn't play well this week.

The big South African never really took his foot off the pedal and Nishikori's game simply crumbled as Anderson cruised past the Japanese, losing just 1 game the whole match.

"I am very happy that I showed a reaction after the last match", said Federer, who will attempt...

Thursday will see members of Group Lleyton Hewitt fight for their lives to advance to the semi-finals here at the O2 in London, with all four players still in with a shout of qualifying. "Sometimes, they go ask my agent", said Federer.

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Thiem, who also lost his first match, to Anderson, dropped serve at the start of the second set and at again at the end as Federer wrapped up victory in an hour and six minutes.

Anderson was brimming with confidence, being nearly untouchable on serve and made some powerful returns followed by loads of pulsating groundstroke to steamroll the Japanese No. 1, serving him a nice bagel and taking the opening set 6-0.

Where the Swiss is capable of frustrating the 32-year-old is with the use of his sliced one-handed backhand to keep the ball low and make life awkward for Anderson.

Anderson said: 'It's one of the best matches I've ever played.

"I think I made it really easy today".

"I don't feel like I need to comment on this".

Anderson looks nearly certain to reach the semi-finals even if he is beaten by Federer on Thursday.

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