South Africa’s Kevin Anderson defeated Austria’s Dominic Thiem 6-3, 7-6, marking his debut at the year-ending event with a dominant performance.
Anderson, who held a 6-2 head-to-head lead against Thiem, but hadn’t been able to carve out a win in all two meetings this year against the Austrian, found the breakthrough early in the opening set as he broke to go 3-1 up and thereafter consolidated with a love to hold in the fifth game to take a 4-1 lead. The South African would go on to close out the first set 6-3.
The second set was evenly-contested for, with both men holding their own all through to drive the set into an extended tiebreaker. Anderson was not to be prevailed upon as he closed it out to seal a straight-set victory in an hour and 48 minutes.
Victory sees Anderson extend his head-to-head record over Dominic Thiem to 7-2!
World No.3 Roger Federer will take on Kei Nishikori in the second match in Group Llyeton Hewitt later today.