With a convincing 6: 2, 6: 3 win against Austrian Dominic Thiem, Roger Federer kept his chances for the semi-finals qualifying at ATP Finals in London.
ATP final in London with Roger Federer
It was a difference like day and night. If Federer was still uncertain and extremely wrong on Sunday against Japanese Kei Nishikori, he immediately took the initiative against Thiem, quickly found his rhythm, made a break early and never allowed the Austrian to enter the match.
The two breaks per set were clear expressions of the superior superiority of the 37-year-old Swiss. After just 66 minutes, he used his second match and kept his chances of reaching the semifinals. He will probably have to win against Thursday's undefeated and highly convincing Kevin Anderson, preferably straight ahead.
Complicated starting position
Starting position is extremely sensitive. Firstly, a victory against the 2.03m long Wimbledon finalists who classified Nishikori at 6-0, 6-1 on Tuesday, was a very hard job. Secondly, if Federer and Anderson succeed, Nishikori could win two if he also defeats Thiem. Then you decide on the set or in the event of a tie, also play on the progress. Anderson and Federer would certainly have good cards after their clear two sets of achievements. Should Federer lose and Thiem win against Nishikori, these three players would win each. Even then, sentences or games would decide on the second semifinal.
Thiem feeds black day
It was not surprising that Federer's response to Sunday's disappointing performance did not occur. During his 16th ATP finals, he won his second game for the 16th time. First and foremost, 2008, when he suffers from food poisoning, the Masters record winner failed in the group phase. Thiem made it easy for him with 34 undisturbed errors. In the first set, Federer was in every job game of the twelve years younger Austria near a break, to 2: 1 and 5: 2, he also used his chances.
After Basel Thiem had also taken the service at the start of the second round of the first match, more than one preliminary decision had already fallen. Even though the Chelsea fans from Lichtenwörth increased in second place against Anderson, the turning point was not big enough. He did not come to any ball in the game. Federer lost only six points in his own favor and was not only playfully improved significantly, this time he also packed his options firmly and put it in balance between the direct meetings with Thiem to 2: 2.