Federer, Anderson win easy at ATP Finals

Federer, Anderson win easy at ATP Finals

Thiem looked nervous against the 20-time Grand Slam victor and handed his opponent a break in the first game of the second set.

With a 1-1 record in round-robin play, Federer will likely need to defeat Kevin Anderson on Thursday to improve his 14-1 record of reaching the semifinals at the season-ending tournament.

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"I was not feeling good to play such a match in front of such a big crowd and everything". He takes on group leader Kevin Anderson at 8pm tonight, who has won both of his opening matches. While Federer was able to compensate with his serve, Thiem was left exposed.

But Federer, who stayed on course for the knockout stage and will play South Africa's Kevin Anderson today, refuted suggestions that he gets special scheduling favours from tournament chiefs.

Unfortunately for Nishikori he may just find Thiem in a determined mood to put things right after a shoddy set of performances in London, and he may drop a vital set. "Sometimes I get asked, 'Do you want to play day or night?' Sometimes they go ask the agent".

"I'll do the same tomorrow because it worked", Federer said of deciding not to practise on Monday.

The 32-year-old Anderson, who lost just eight points on serve, was on the verge of completing just the second whitewash in the competition's history until Nishikori won the penultimate game.

The Austrian takes on Kei Nishikori in the day session, ahead of Federer's meeting with Anderson.

The second set was more of the same as Anderson kept dictating the play while Nishikori continued to struggle on serve.

Japanese world number nine Nishikori was on cloud nine after stunning Roger Federer in their opening round-robin match on Sunday, but he was brought crashing back down to earth by 02 debutant Anderson.

The South African beat Federer in the quarterfinal of Wimbledon this year, eventually winning the fifth set 13-11 before losing in the final.

"I got off to a really good start and I think I did a really good job constantly applying the pressure and not letting up".

Young Leo and Lenny have arguably the best coach in the business with their dad chasing his 100th ATP title at this week's Tour Finals in London.

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