Roger Federer beats Dominic Thiem at ATP Finals

Roger Federer beats Dominic Thiem at ATP Finals

Javier Howell
November 18, 2018

Next up, it was Roger Federer who took on Dominic Thiem in a must-win encounter for both, and it was the Swiss who eased passed the error-strewn Austrian in straight, 6-2, 6-3, sets to keep a ideal 16-0 record in second round-robin encounters at the ATP finals.

It was a great challenge for me and I'm happy with my attitude.

An inspired Kevin Anderson came within a whisker of a rare "double bagel" at the ATP Finals when he trounced Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-0 6-1 at the 02 Arena on Tuesday.

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.

Thiem tightened up his game in the second set and forced a tie-break, but Anderson saved two set points and converted his fourth match point."I definitely felt a little bit nervous", said Anderson.

"I don't really feel that I am in the mood during a World Tour Finals to discuss that topic, to be honest".

And very soon, the Swiss maestro closed out the set, and the match, with yet another break to get his first victory at the 2018 Nitto ATP Finals.

Anderson was dominant on his serve throughout, winning 12 out of his 15 service points in a one-sided first set.

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It was a landmark moment for Anderson, who has set a new career-high of 47 victories in a calender year.

Federer recovered from a woeful performance in his opening match against Kei Nishikori on Sunday night by maintaining his record of never losing his second round-robin match in this tournament, although he did not have to work too hard for it.

"Today I was more positive and happy on the court".

Federer broke the Austrian in the third game of the opening set and the first game of the second set.

It's also no exaggeration to say that if Anderson performs as he did against Nishikori on Tuesday, then he can beat Federer in this form.

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.

Anderson is back in London just four months after losing his first Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic, and this was the kind of dominant display that carried him to the title match at the All England Club.