Following a straight-sets upset over six-time champion Roger Federer in his opening match, Kei Nishikori came crashing back to earth with a 6-0, 6-1 loss to South Africa's Kevin Anderson at the ATP Finals on Tuesday. Sometimes they ask me, you know, "Asia wants you to play at night".
"I am very happy that I showed a reaction after the last match", said Federer, who will attempt...
Nishikori branded his 6-0 6-1 defeat to Kevin Anderson as one of the "worst" of his season, while Anderson hailed the victory as one of the "best" of his career, and the Japanese will be hoping it was just a bad day at the office.
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.
The big-serving South African has won both of his opening matches but faces Roger Federer on Day 5 of the ATP Finals, where it's all to play for.
Thursday will see members of Group Lleyton Hewitt fight for their lives to advance to the semi-finals here at the O2 in London, with all four players still in with a shout of qualifying.
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If Federer looked bad-tempered and off his game in losing to Kai Nishikori on Sunday, Tuesday saw the return of the calm and controlled Federer, who was totally in control of his game. "I love playing in London, always have, always will".
To start the second set, Federer played a couple of penetrating rallies, with the single hander working in full flow, and with a little help from Thiem's forehand, got the break immediately.
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. He also rarely made any impression with his signature weapon - the one-handed backhand.
"I don't really feel that I am in the mood during a World Tour Finals to discuss that topic, to be honest".
Anderson looks nearly certain to reach the semi-finals even if he is beaten by Federer on Thursday. "I could win and still not make it, so from that standpoint it's not in my power", Federer said.
"Amongst the best (matches) I've played", Anderson, who lost just eight points on serve, said.