Federer, Anderson win easy at ATP Finals

Federer, Anderson win easy at ATP Finals

Federer, Anderson win easy at ATP Finals

Following a straight-sets upset over six-time champion Roger Federer in his opening match, Kei Nishikori came crashing back to earth with a 6-0, 6-1 loss to South Africa's Kevin Anderson at the ATP Finals on Tuesday.

Thiem, the 2018 French Open runner-up, seemed overwhelmed by the occasion and by the opportunity to hand Federer a second loss that would have bounced him out of this tournament at the round-robin phase for the first time since 2008.

Over the course of 67 minutes at The O2 arena, Thiem racked up 34 unforced errors in a 6-2, 6-3 defeat.

He said: "It feels good, I'm very happy I showed a reaction after the last match against Kei".

He takes on group leader Kevin Anderson at 8pm tonight, who has won both of his opening matches.

Nishikori branded his 6-0 6-1 defeat to Kevin Anderson as one of the "worst" of his season, while Anderson hailed the victory as one of the "best" of his career, and the Japanese will be hoping it was just a bad day at the office.

He and Serbian great Novak Djokovic are the players to beat this year at the ATP Finals in London.

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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. Sometimes they ask me, you know, "Asia wants you to play at night".

"So for me, it was really important to remind myself what a thrill it is to play here at the O2".

Thiem, who lost his opener to Anderson, saved a break point in the first game but Federer kept him under constant pressure and broke at 1-1 when the 25-year-old sent a forehand long.

Federer turned the screws to break again immediately in the second set and never looked in any danger.

"And I don't think there's a tournament director in the world who is not going to take those factors into account when setting the schedule".

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

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.

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