Anderson thrashes Nishikori to be on verge of ATP semis

Roger Federer seeks much-needed 16-0 at ATP Finals

After cancelling his training session a day earlier, Federer produced a much-improved performance to get his campaign for a seventh ATP Finals title back on track with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Dominic Thiem on Tuesday.

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.

"I'm happy I'm getting a chance to play him again and have a rematch", Federer said.

Kevin Anderson has all but assured himself of a place in Saturday's knockout stage of the Nitto ATP Finals with an emphatic 6-0 6-1 win over Japan's Kei Nishikori.

Nishikori smashed his racket on the ground in disgust but he did at least make a better fist of the second set, although he was powerless to prevent Thiem running out 6-1 6-4 victor.

The South African, who had defeated Thiem on Sunday, needed less than an hour and five minutes to claim a hugely one-sided win, which he described as one of his "best ever". You wait a whole year to play a match like that and it feels fantastic'.

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

The Japanese world number nine looked poised to end the season on a high after taking the scalp of six-time victor Federer in their opening round-robin match at London's 02 Arena.


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.

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.

With no pace or energy in his shots, Nishikori netted an easy forehand in the fourth game to lose serve again and he squandered three game points in game six to suffer the third straight break after a return victor from Anderson who was 6-0 up after just 31 minutes.

Federer grabbed a break in the third game against a nervous-looking Thiem and a second for 5-2 on his way to taking the first set. "He has had a wonderful season and played great against me at Wimbledon".

"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".

And he didn't take long to seize the initiative as he broke Nishikori in the second game of the match.

Unloading some searing ground-strokes, Anderson, aided by 14 unforced errors from Nishikori, cemented his advantage with two more breaks in the fourth and six games.

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