Six-time champion Roger Federer remained perfect at the 2014 ATP Finals today beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2. The victory was Federer’s 70th of his career and put him on the brink of qualifying for the semifinals.
“I think with my game, I have the capability of really making him feel uncomfortable, mixing it up,” said Federer following the match. “But it’s not always possible. He’s shown in the past when he gets the upper hand against any player from the baseline, he’s very difficult to beat. Today for some reason he couldn’t get it done. Maybe I was playing too well defence and offense, mixing up my serve good enough… It was really important to take advantage of the fact that I was feeling really good, and then maybe he was struggling a little bit today.
“There’s so much still at stake for me, wanting to beat a fellow rival and wanting to win the points that are at stake, go in with a clean sheet into the semis. I’m happy after two matches I’m standing here with two wins. It’s very positive.”
The 33-year-old Federer will face Andy Murray next on Thursday. The Scot stayed alive in the competition by beating Milos Raonic 6-3, 7-5.
“I obviously played better tonight,” said Murray. “I hit the ball a lot cleaner than I did on Sunday from the beginning of the match. So that was pleasing.”
Murray and Federer are tied 11-11 in their series, but Federer has won three of four at year-end event and both meetings this year.
“It will be obviously a very difficult match,” said Murray. “But it will be an exciting match. A good one to be part of. I hope I can play well. We’ve had some very good matches over the years. I hope on Thursday it will be the same.”
Tomorrow, Novak Djokovic will face Stan Wawrinka with a potential qualifying spot on the line. If Djokovic wins and Cilic gets a sets, the Serb earns a semifinal berth. If Wawrinka wins and Berdych takes a set, then Wawrinka earns the semi spot.
WEDNESDAY ATP FINALS SCHEDULE
DOUBLES A / 12:00 PM
B BRYAN/ M BRYAN VS J ROJER/H TECAU
SINGLES A / 02:00 PM
BERDYCH VS CILIC
DOUBLES A / 06:00 PM
A PEYA/B SOARES VS L KUBOT/R LINDSTEDT
SINGLES A / 08:00 PM
DJOKOVIC VS WAWRINKA
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