Roger Federer gets his sweet revenge

May JohnsonNov 18, 2018

The 37-year-old was crystal clear that he'd rather focus on the ATP Finals, where he's set to play an undefeated Kevin Anderson in his final round-robin match on Thursday.

Thiem needs South African debutant Anderson, who is guaranteed a semi-final spot, to beat six-times champion Roger Federer for the loss of less than six games to make the semis.

Thiem admitted he was not holding his breath and from the moment Federer took the first set it was just a case of whether the second seed or Anderson would top the group.

The usually mild-mannered 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.

Roger Federer rolled to his 15th ATP Finals semifinal appearance Thursday in London, besting the guy who beat him at Wimbledon, Kevin Anderson, 6-4, 6-3.

"I played great against him for three sets, but after that he got tough, I blinked, and he was better at the end, so I don't think I'll go into this match thinking too much about that one".

It was Anderson who ended his hopes of a record ninth Wimbledon title this summer when he won their quarterfinal 13-11 in the final set. "I won't let that get in my head, make me go insane, because it should be something I'm excited about and not something I should feel extra pressure. I'd rather put it to rest rather than adding to it so you guys got something to write about". Dominic had more errors than winners as well but he did more than enough to secure the triumph, serving well in the second set and crossing the finish line with a single break of serve.

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"I'm happy I gave myself the opportunity".

Federer, playing at the season-ending ATP Tour Finals in London, attempted to avoid getting dragged into a row with Benneteau but said "a lot of the facts (were) not right" about his scheduling.

Djokovic said, "I understand Julien's point because sometimes it does seem that maybe certain players get more favored".

"In a way, he deserves the special treatment because he's a six-time champion of Australian Open and arguably the best player ever". I'm thrilled to be in the semis. The semi-final lineup could possibly look like Djokovic vs Anderson and Federer vs Sascha Zverev, but John Isner may yet upset the German's chances in the Friday afternoon match.

The Austrian's forehand gifted Federer a break for a 2-1 lead and then his volley came up short to help the Swiss star extend that advantage to 5-2.

Recall that in the group of Gustavo Kuerten with two wins early in the semi-finals and the leader of the world rankings Novak Djokovic.

Federer struck first when Anderson dropped serve to fall behind 4-3, although the Swiss world No. 3 immediately handed the break back due to costly unforced errors.

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