Roger Federer bounced back to form and kept his chances of qualifying for the semifinals of the ATP finals alive with a convincing 6-2, 6-3 win over Dominic Thiem on Tuesday night in an hour and seven minutes.
The 32-year-old won the first 11 games against Nishikori before his relieved opponent finally got on the scoreboard with an angled victor.
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. Today he had obviously a good game for him.
"It feels good, I'm very happy I showed a reaction after the last match against Kei", Federer said.
"I get asked, 'Would you like to play Monday or Tuesday?' some times".
The Japanese world number nine looked poised to end the season on a high after taking the scalp of six-time victor Federer in their opening round-robin match at London's 02 Arena.
"I don't know what happened against Nishikori. I wasn't able to extend out rallies", Nishikori said. I love playing in London and I had to remind myself what a privilege it is.
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He certainly looked back in the groove, making only 11 unforced errors, compared to the 34 against Nishikori, and surrendering just six points on serve. But he did lose 6-0, 6-1 and said: 'It was one of the worst days in the year'.
Where the Swiss is capable of frustrating the 32-year-old is with the use of his sliced one-handed backhand to keep the ball low and make life awkward for Anderson.
Federer will likely have to avenge his Wimbledon loss this year to Anderson to reach the semi-finals, although all four players in the group could still mathematically progress.
He produced a near-perfect display against Nishikori who he lost to two weeks ago in Paris.
The ATP Finals is the year-end climax to the men's season and features only the world's best eight qualified singles players and doubles teams as they battle it out for the last title of the campaign.
"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".