Roger Federer in action during his group stage match against Austria's Dominic Thiem.
The 6th time ATP Finals champions will face Kevin Anderson of South Africa on Thursday in the final match of group B to keep his hopes alive of advancing to the semifinals of the tournament. Novak Djokovic asks Roger Federer question at ATP Finals Novak Djokovic defends youngsters after Federer and Anderson humblings However, even if the 20-time Grand Slam victor does record a comfortable victory, progression would then go down to the percentage of games won between those also tied on two wins. I am very happy that I showed a reaction after the last match.
The inspired 32-year-old won the first 11 games but was denied only the second "double bagel" in the event's 48-year history after Federer's 2005 rout of Argentina's Gaston Gaudio.
The same can be said for Thiem, who struggled to land balls in play in a disappointing defeat to Federer, and the Austrian described his display as "not really acceptable". Open. I played Tuesday night.
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Two tame volley errors by Thiem gave Federer another break for a 5-2 lead as he cruised to the opening set.
Thiem, who lost his opener to Anderson, saved a break point in the first game but Federer kept him under constant pressure and broke at 1-1 when the 25-year-old sent a forehand long. He also rarely made any impression with his signature weapon - the one-handed backhand.
Federer turned the screw to break again immediately in the second set.
With this result, the semi-final scenarios in the Lleyton Hewitt group got a little more complicated as no player has sealed his berth in the last four, nor has anyone been eliminated, with Anderson still being the front-runner. "I could win and still not make it, so from that standpoint it's not in my power", Federer said.
"My first-round match here wasn't great, so today was better, and I need to keep that up against Kevin, obviously, if I want to have a chance to stay here in London".