Federer falls out as Nishikori succeeds

Federer falls out as Nishikori succeeds

The ATP Finals is the second highest tier of men's tennis tournament after the four Grand Slams.

At the official launch party for the world's top eight players at the Houses of Parliament in London on Friday evening, Roger Federer joked he had been losing to everyone in practice. I had my chances maybe a bit more than he did.

By the time he hit the clay of Rome, he had turned a corner, and when it came to the grass season, everything began to fall into place: finals at Queen's, title at Wimbledon, the title at the Cincinnati Masters-ticking off another first, the complete set of nine Masters titles-and then the US Open and Shanghai Masters.

"Then I started to feel better in the second set".

Anderson had lost both his matches against Thiem this year, having won their previous six clashes, and he looked fired-up to reassert his dominance over this year's French Open runner-up. "It's been a very enjoyable few days so far, not just for me but also my team".

On Sunday, Federer fell to Kei Nishikori 7-6 (4), 6-3 on the first day of round-robin play.

When asked whether he was unhappy with the umpire, Federer said in his post-match duties: "I was, just because I thought what was his argument, why the warning? The level went up but unfortunately I couldn't keep the lead that I got early". I'm the underdog here, ' he said.

The incident seemed to unsettle his game - not to mention the comfort of his adoring audience - and he went on to lose the tie-break, the set and the match.

Djokovic, a five-times ATP Finals champion, became the first player since Marat Safin in 2000 to hold the number one ranking after starting the season outside the top 20 when Rafa Nadal pulled out of the tournament in London to undergo ankle surgery.

It's perhaps worked out well for the year-ending Nitto ATP finals (11-18 November) in London that the tournament was preceded by three significant and reasonably dramatic events to build up tempo. I mean (Frances) Tiafoe takes the towel after every point and (Stefanos) Tsitsipas takes the towel after an ace or double fault.

Earlier, Kevin Anderson made a confident start to his ATP Finals debut with a 6-3, 7-6 (10) victory over Dominic Thiem.

"He knows it, and believe me, what's more important is that the guys on the other side of the net know it", Paul Annacone, former coach to Federer, told The New York Times. They haven't played since 2016.

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