How to watch Federer, Thiem and Anderson in action today

How to watch Federer, Thiem and Anderson in action today

How to watch Federer, Thiem and Anderson in action today

Federer was more concerned with the way he rediscovered his form to convincingly beat Thiem, admitting his head had not been right in a straight sets defeat by Nishikori.

Federer grabbed a break in the third game against a nervous-looking Thiem and a second for 5-2 on his way to taking the first set.

With a 1-1 record in round-robin play, Federer will likely need to defeat Kevin Anderson on Thursday to improve his 14-1 record of reaching the semifinals at the season-ending tournament.

The 37-year-old six-time victor knew anything other than victory would see him fail to qualify for the last four for only the second time in 16 appearances at the O2.

If Nishikori beats Thiem in straight sets this afternoon then Federer is in severe trouble as he must beat in-form Anderson in the same manner, or else he is out.

After all the eight players showed their billing in their opening encounters, it was time for things to heat up a little as a semi-final berth and an elimination beckoned on Day 3 of the 2018 Nitto ATP Finals.

"No match is easy here and it's not something I'm used to, losing and then coming back and playing again, but it's a great challenge and I'm happy with my attitude and how I played".

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The 32-year-old won the first 11 games against Nishikori before his relieved opponent finally got on the scoreboard with an angled victor.

"I just went into the match and wanted to show my real self again, basically, because two days ago (against Federer) was really bad", said the French Open runner-up.

"I get asked, 'Would you like to play Monday or Tuesday?' some times". The Swiss superstar has an impressive history at the end of year event.

Thiem is one of the best young players on the ATP World Tour today.

"I could win and still not make it, so from that standpoint it's not in my power", Federer said of his clash with Anderson who he lost to in an epic Wimbledon quarter-final this year.

"I felt fresh, but I just didn't feel the ball this week", said Nishikori.

"And I don't think there's a tournament director in the world who is not going to take those factors into account when setting the schedule".

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