Roger Federer defeats Dominic Thiem at ATP Finals 3hr

Switzerland's Roger Federer wipes his face during his ATP World Tour Finals singles final tennis match against Japan's Kei Nishikori at the O2 Arena in London Sunday Nov. 11 2018

Kevin Anderson handed Japan's Kei Nishikori a humiliating 6-0 6-1 thrashing at the ATP Finals as the South African moved to the brink of a semi-final berth on Tuesday. "I mean, he was also playing well but I think I gave him too many free points". He and Serbian great Novak Djokovic are the players to beat this year at the ATP Finals in London.

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

Anderson started the match putting immediate pressure on the Nishikori serve, making a lot of meaningful returns and keeping the Japanese on the run, earning himself three break points.

"It feels good and I am very happy, no game is easy here and I am not used to losing and coming back again, but it was a good challenge and I am happy with the way I played", said Federer after the match.

The ATP Finals is the year-end climax to the men's season and features only the world's best eight qualified singles players and doubles teams as they battle it out for the last title of the campaign. Today was a awful match. I was lost a little bit.

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.

The Swiss tennis legend defeats rising Austrian star Dominic Thiem in straight sets during his second match at the O2 Arena. "Something was wrong. I've got to fix it tomorrow and try to be positive for the next one". It has been a curious year for Nishikori as the former US Open finalist, troubled by a wrist injury, started 2018 losing to the world number 238 in a Challenger event in January and crashed to 39th in the ATP rankings in April after a prolonged slump.

The 28-year-old leads their head-to-head 3-1 and thumped him 6-3 6-1 in Vienna just a couple of weeks ago.

After suggesting that the whole debate has been taken out of context, Federer told reporters there is no obvious pattern in the way the timing of his matches is arranged.

But Nishikori seemed to have nothing left after that effort.

Anderson looks nearly certain to reach the semi-finals even if he is beaten by Federer on Thursday.

As an increasingly frustrated Nishikori struggled to control his groundstrokes, Anderson displayed relentless accuracy to close out the opening set.

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