Roger Federer defeats Dominic Thiem at ATP Finals 3hr

The Swiss was speaking to reporters after he put a troubled start to his 16th ATP Finals behind him by outclassing Austria's Dominic Thiem 6-2, 6-3 on Tuesday.

Federer was erratic and grumpy in his straight-sets defeat by Nishikori, but he returned 48 hours later with a majestic display which delighted the sell-out O2 Arena crowd. "So I'm very happy that that was the right decision and I was able to show a reaction from my first-round match".

There is still work to do for the second seed, however, especially as giant South African Kevin Anderson, who he plays at the conclusion of the group on Thursday, is in red-hot form.

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.

"He played great against me as well at Wimbledon". Sometimes they ask me, you know, "Asia wants you to play at night".

"I'll do the same tomorrow because it worked", Federer said of deciding not to practice on Monday. I love playing in London and I had to remind myself what a privilege it is.

Two tame volley errors by Thiem gave Federer another break for a 5-2 lead as he cruised to the opening set.

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It only delayed the inevitable, though, as Anderson duly served out for a 6-0 6-1 victory in 63 hopelessly one-sided minutes.

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.

"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".

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

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

"That's amongst the matches best I've played", said Anderson.

  • Lawrence Cooper