Before the start of the Championship Tournament, they spoke and wrote about who will accompany Novak Djokovic to the semifinals and Roger Federera. But after the first day, forecasts change. The oldest participant of this year and with six triumphs, the most successful player in the history of the Federer competition surprisingly did not manage his opening game.
The group format of the tournament gives him two more chances to be repaired, but the 37-year-old Swiss will have to significantly improve his performance. Today against Keii Nišikorimu having made a very dull performance, made eleven unforced errors more than Asian and lost 6-7 3-6.
In the first set there was not a single brejkbol and so went into tie-break. Federer did not manage, but he managed to delete three sets from 1-6, but he could not lose the loss. He entered the second set with a break, but then he came twice to serve, and after less than half an hour he suffered a defeat.
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Federer has been playing for the sixteenth Championship Tournament and lost to fourth place in the tournament, but only in 2007 eventually did not come from the group. This year's fight with Dominic Thiem (Tuesday night) and Kevin Anderson (on Thursday).
Nishikori, who scored the third victory in the 10th match with Federer, and the first after a series of six defeats, has begun for the Fourth Championship Tournament and today has laid good ground for the third round of the semifinals. It did in London in 2014 and 2016.
The 28-year-old Japanese, who is the only player with no single ATP tournament this year, started this season at the end of January. After a half-year break caused by wrist injuries, he did not succeed in a few exceptions, but in the fall he found security in the game and won the Championship Tournament and sold the confidence to him.
In the first game today, we debut Kevin Anderson from South Africa he consulted with the Austrian Dominic Thiem.
Tuesday afternoon, Anderson and Nišikorim will meet and one of them, on the basis of the outcome of the evening duel between Federer and Thiem, could be the first to celebrate the semifinals.
|• Lleyton Hewitt Group •|
|Nišikori (7-Jap.) – Federer (2-Switzerland) 7-6 (4) 6-3|
|Anderson (4-JAR) – Thiem (6-4) 6-3 7-6 (10)|
|• Llodra / Santoro Group|
|Cabal / Farah (2-COL) – Mektic / Peya (6-3 6-4 6-4)|
|J. Murray / Soares (4-Brit./Braz.) – Klaasen / Venus (6-JAR / NZ) 7-6 (5) 4-6 10-5|