Austria’s Dominic Thiem now has chance, albeit slim, to qualify for the semifinals of the Nitto ATP Finals in London after he outclassed Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-4 at The O2 today.
Thiem, who fell to Anderson and Federer in his first two round-robin matches, required a win to keep his faint hopes alive and he did just that, and in sublime fashion.
“I’m very happy of course because I didn’t really feel good in my match two days ago,” said Thiem on his straight-set defeat to Roger Federer.
“I really wanted to play better today and that’s what I did. Whatever happens tonight, it’s nice to get a win this week.
“I wanted to do it for myself and for all the spectators to show my real self today basically and it was way better.”
Thiem’s victory guaranteed a semifinal spot for South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in his debut at the event. For Thiem to qualify, Anderson must beat Federer in tonight’s encounter, without the great Swiss winning a set or more than five games in total.
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If Anderson wins in straight sets, all three of his opponents in Group Lleyton Hewiit — Thiem, Federer and Nishikori — would be tied on one win each and the same number of sets, with the qualifier decided by percentage of games won.