Published: Sun, November 18, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Sublime Anderson thrashes Nishikori 6-0 6-1 at ATP Finals

Sublime Anderson thrashes Nishikori 6-0 6-1 at ATP Finals

Federer said he had seen everything "negative" against Nishikori, "today I was more positive and I love playing in London".

"It's never easy to play against him, especially indoors".

Sometimes no practice makes flawless - for Roger Federer anyway.

"I get asked, 'Would you like to play Monday or Tuesday?'" Federer explained.

Federer, who has only failed to reach the semi-finals in the event once in 15 appearances, will still need to beat group leader Kevin Anderson in straight sets on Thursday to be absolutely sure of making it to the weekend.

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.

Thiem saved a break point in the opening game but he sent a forehand long to give Federer an early break and was broken again for 5-2 as Federer cruised to the opening set.

Anderson is back in London just four months after losing his first Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic, and this was the kind of dominant display that carried him to the title match at the All England Club.

Anderson raced through the first set in barely half an hour.

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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.

A Federer backhand up the line set up match point and Thiem's 34th unforced error - another volley into the net - ended the day's second one-sided contest.

"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".

It's also no exaggeration to say that if Anderson performs as he did against Nishikori on Tuesday, then he can beat Federer in this form.

The 32-year-old won the first 11 games against Nishikori before his relieved opponent finally got on the scoreboard with an angled victor. He has two losses under his belt now at the O2 Arena though. "There were some lucky points but I played well today", said Nishikori.

Federer will watch Thiem vs Nishikori closely and if results lean in his favour, he still has the improbable take of getting past Anderson.

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

Roger Federer remains in contention at the 2018 ATP Finals.

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