2018 ATP World Tour Finals Results: Sunday Results and Updated Schedule | Launderer’s report

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Roger Federer slipped to a surprise straight-set loss to Kei Nishikori in the 2018 ATP World Tour Final on Sunday.

Earlier, Kevin Anderson drew first blood in the round robin when he beat Dominic Thiem in the opening match of the tournament at the 02 Arena in London.

The pair opened the proceedings in the Lleyton Hewitt group, and Anderson got off to the best possible start with a victory in straight sets.

Sunday results, Lleyton Hewitt Group

(4) Kevin Anderson bt. (6) Dominic Thiem: 6-2, 7-6 (10)

(7) Kei Nishikori bt. (2) Roger Federer: 7-6(4), 6-3

Monday program, Guga Kuerten Group

Not before 2pm GMT/10am ET: (3) Alexander Zverev vs (5) Marin Cilic

Not before 8 p.m. GMT/3 p.m. ET: (1) Novak Djokovic vs (8) John Isner

Federer’s struggles were evident from the start, although Nihiskori had to win a tie-break before salting the opening set on center court.

Things were even tougher for Federer in the second, as Nishikori attacked the 37-year-old’s serve. Federer earned his own break to gain some hope:

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.@rogerfederer, @keinishikori return to duty after commercial breaks to start second. But can the six-time #NittoATPFinals 🏆 champion Federer stay the course on serve? #ATP https://t.co/ROuzzQJ51s

However, his dangerous adversary kept backing away:

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Nishikori BREAKS @keinishikori breaks to take a 7-6(4), 4-2 lead against six-time #NittoATPFinals champion @rogerfederer. Will Nishikori end up in two? #ATP https://t.co/nG5IUO6KF4

Nishikori’s last break left Federer on the brink. He couldn’t cope with Nishikori’s range of shots, while he also couldn’t manage a fairly routine serve as Federer didn’t break once in the first set.

Some of Federer’s key shots let him down, his forehand leading to more than a few unforced errors, including for the decisive point.

It all added up to an unwanted piece of history for the 20-time Grand Slam champion:

Stuart Fraser @stu_fraser

Roger Federer suffers his first-ever loss in straight sets in the group stages of the ATP Finals, losing 7-6 6-3 to Kei Nishikori.

In the opening game of the day, Anderson faced Thiem, and it quickly became apparent that the South African was in fine form:

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“Beautifully done!” 💫 Kevin Anderson takes on Dominic Thiem in his first-ever ATP Finals match, where he currently leads the Austrian! Watch live on Sky Sports Arena now! https://t.co/rInF6n7RYK https://t.co/ovpgah6BK3

Shortly after, he claimed the decisive break in the first set after a double fault and an unforced error from Thiem earned him two break points.

A love hold cemented his lead, and he had served the opener in 41 minutes.

Tennis commentator and writer Jose Morgado was impressed:

Jose Morgado @josemorgado

Superb first set from Anderson 15 winners 10 EU 11/11 at net. Thiem didn’t even play too badly.

The second set was tighter, with Thiem holding his first four service games to like to keep Anderson at bay.

His opponent was equally resolute, however, and the pair inevitably reached a tiebreaker.

Reem Abulleil @Reem Abulleil

Anderson winning 90% of his first serve points (lost only 4 points on his 1st serve). Will try to complete the victory against Thiem in this tie-break of the 2nd set.

In a suitably close tiebreaker, Anderson emerged victorious after Thiem saved three match points.

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