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Federer routs Thiem to keep chances alive at ATP Finals

Federer routs Thiem to keep chances alive at ATP Finals

Despite an easy 6-2, 6-3 victory over Dominic Thiem, Federer endured a moment he'd probably rather forget.

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.

The 37-year-old brushed off the controversy stirred up by Julien Benneteau in an interview with France's RMC Sport. Novak Djokovic asks Roger Federer question at ATP Finals Novak Djokovic defends youngsters after Federer and Anderson humblings However, even if the 20-time Grand Slam victor does record a comfortable victory, progression would then go down to the percentage of games won between those also tied on two wins.

Federer said he had seen everything "negative" against Nishikori, "today I was more positive and I love playing in London". But I asked to play on Monday at the US Open and I played on Tuesday night.

It was a great challenge for me, I'm happy with how I played'.




Thiem got off to a bit of a shaky start, making 3 unforced errors in the very first game and with that, gave Federer an early break opportunity.

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. The Swiss superstar has an impressive history at the end of year event.

Federer turned the screw to break again immediately in the second set and never looked in any danger of a defeat which would have made it impossible for him to reach the semi-finals. "I could win and still not make it, so from that standpoint it's not in my power", Federer said.

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

Anderson is in pole position, but qualification for the semi-finals is still possible for all four players.

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