Federer Books Final Four Berth At ATP Finals, Thiem Advances; Last SF Spot At Stake Friday
by Staff | November 15th, 2018, 8:21 pm
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Roger Federer rolled to his 15th ATP Finals semifinal appearance Thursday in London, besting the guy who beat him at Wimbledon, Kevin Anderson, 6-4, 6-3.

The 6-time champion had lost his opening match on Sunday, but roared through wins over Dominic Thiem and today Anderson to win the Lleyton Hewitt group.

“I’m very happy. First match was tough against Kei, never got going. And with the back against the wall, maybe it’s easier for me to play, I’m not sure. But I fought hard,” Federer said. “In the end, I played some good tennis today and I’m very happy. Kevin’s had a wonderful year, and so have the other two guys. It’s been a fun group, with many different kinds of players in the group. I’m thrilled. Thanks for the support, of course, and I’m excited to be in the semis.”

The two split breaks early in the first before Federer took the opener. Then added further pressure in the second to cruise to the win.

“Unfortunately I had a rocky service game myself after that. I didn’t let that frustrate me or disappoint me. I kept on plugging away, kept on trying,” Federer said. “I think my attitude was good today. I think I had an aggressive playing mindset, a good variation as well with my slice. I think it was just a good match from my side.”

Federer only needed to win five games in the match but took the win anyway after Dominic Thiem ousted Kei Nishikori earlier in the day by a margin of 6-1, 6-4.

Nishikori, who upset Federer on Sunday, won just six games thereafter.

“There were too many unforced errors for me,” said Nishikori. “I think I made it really easy today. He was also playing well.

“But I think I gave him too many free points… He was playing solid, too. There were not too many chances for me today.”

Despite the win, Thiem was later eliminated from the event.

“I just went into that match and wanted to show my real self again basically because two days ago was really bad,” said Thiem. “I wanted to have a much better game again today. That’s what I did.

“I made some adjustments. I tried to have a higher first-serve percentage. Some things definitely paid off. Of course, I’m happy that I got the win.”

On Thursday, with Novak Djokovic already confirmed for the weekend, Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and John Isner will all battle for the final spot.

The only way Djokovic doesn’t win the Gustavo Kuerten group (and play Anderson, not Federer on Saturday) is if the Serb loses to Cilic and Isner beats Zverev.

Zverev has the best chance of qualifying having to just won a set against Isner. Cilic has to beat Djokovic and hope for a Zverev win.

And if Zverev does win (by any score), the second match between Cilic and Djokovic becomes meaningless for semifinal implications.

Zverev leads Isner 4-1 but fell to the American in Miami. Djokovic has dominated Cilic winning 16 of 18.

FRIDAY ATP FINALS LONDON SCHEDULE
Centre Court 12:00 Noon
RR (1) Oliver Marach/Mate Pavic v (3) Lukasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo

Not Before 2:00 Pm
RR (3) Alexander Zverev v (8) John Isner

Not Before 5:45 Pm
RR (5) Mike Bryan/Jack Sock v (8) Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut

Not Before 8:00 Pm
RR (1) Novak Djokovic v (5) Marin Cilic


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14 Comments for Federer Books Final Four Berth At ATP Finals, Thiem Advances; Last SF Spot At Stake Friday

the_mind_reels Says:

Seems likely that we’re headed for a Federer v. Zverev and Djokovic v. Anderson semi line-up, both of which I think could be interesting matches and which leave the possibility of a Federer/Djokovic final, something I think most fans would prefer rather than that match-up in the semis.

Good to see Federer finding his form later on in this tournament, and it’s been amazing seeing Djokovic’s consistently strong performance in the second half of this season! I still struggle, in looking at the caliber of the larger tour, to see how John Isner is the guy who shows up at the YEC…sigh.


skeezer Says:

Great win for Olderer. KA has been a formidable opponent this year for the tour. What completes this win is his remarkable 15th ATP Finals semifinal appearance.
#gravy


FedExpress Says:

So Isner out.

If Zverev wins he qualifies.


FedExpress Says:

Semi final line up set

Fed vs Zverev

Nole vs Anderson


Humble Rafa Says:

What completes this win is his remarkable 15th ATP Finals semifinal appearance

How does that compare to winning 11 French Opens?


skeezer Says:

^How does that compare to sitting out and only have time to write on this little tennis site?


chris ford1 Says:

THemindreels – “the possibility of a Federer/Djokovic final, something I think most fans would prefer rather than that match-up in the semis”

If it happens.
Because obviously another round both must make it through lessens the chances of the matchup. I was rooting for the 100% probability of a Djoko-Fed semi that would have happened had Anderson beaten Fed – over the 60% probability now that both will make it to the final. There just won’t be that many more Roger-Novak meetings and semis they fight are just as intense and memorable on average, historically, as a final with those two playing.


Daniel Says:

Wow, what was thos point by Djoko


Humble Rafa Says:

^How does that compare to sitting out and only have time to write on this little tennis site?

As a Humble person, nothing is small or big. All people and things are the same to me.


J-Kath Says:

Well done Novak – you certainly have made an unbelievable return.


FedExpress Says:

Cilic bended over in the end. Expected.


skeezer Says:

“As a Humble person, nothing is small or big. All people and things are the same to me.”

That makes sense, since you believe you are an imaginary person.


chris ford1 Says:

Good work by Djokovic and Zverev. They don’t get a day off like Fed and Kevin do. Hope they rest up, especially Djokovic ten years older than Sasha and who was a bit gassed when the paris Final with Khachanov happened.

Should be 2 good matches tomorrow. Yes, some of the previous matches were dull and not close, but that’s not the fault of the remaining 4. Dull, even anemic performances in the case of Thiem and Nishikori, was the problem of the 4 guys now deservedly gone.

Andy and Rafa and Delpo were all missed. They at least bring intensity to the championships.

Rooting for Djokovic and Fed, not that I dislike Sasha and KA – because the time is dwindling for opportunities for more matches with the two legends playing one another, and both have significant goals resting on this title. Anderson and Zverev have both achieved status as among the sport best now, the Championships further evidence they belong..


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