2018 ATP World Tour Finals Results: Thursday Tennis Scores and Updated Schedule | Launderer’s report

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Roger Federer reached the semi-final of the 2018 ATP World Tour Finals after a straight-sets win over Kevin Anderson at London’s O2 Arena on Thursday.

Federer and Anderson progressed from the Lleyton Hewitt group on a day when Kei Nishikori and Dominic Thiem were eliminated.

Nishikori couldn’t replicate his heroism against Federer on Sunday as he crumbled to a straight-set loss to Thiem. The latter won the first set with force and remained in control when the Japanese attempted a comeback in the second.

This meant Nishikori was knocked out early, while Federer still had an excellent chance to secure progress. He did so by beating Anderson, who had to beat the Swiss to keep Thiem in the tournament.

Thursday results, Lleyton Hewitt Group

(6) Dominic Thiem bt. (7) Kei Nishikori, 6-1, 6-4

(2) Roger Federer v (4) Kevin Anderson, 6-4, 6-3

Friday program, Guga Kuerten Group

Not before 2pm GMT/9am ET: (3) Alexander Zverev vs (8) John Isner

Not before 8pm GMT/3pm ET: (1) Novak Djokovic vs (5) Marin Cilic

Federer had Thiem to thank for his reprieve after the Austrian systematically wore Nishikori out on center court. Thiem controlled the serve by exploding three aces and saving a quartet of break points.

While Nishikori couldn’t break serve, Thiem managed to do so three times.

Despite his assured performance, Thiem still hoped that Anderson would inflict damage on Federer. However, this seemed unlikely, as the latter did not need to do too much to move on:

Mikael McKenzie @MMckenzie93

Dominic Thiem does Roger Federer a huge favor by beating Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-4. Federer only needs to win five matches, or a set, against Kevin Anderson to progress.

As for Nishikori, he started superbly by upsetting Federer, but everything has gone downhill as a group since:

bet365 @bet365

Since beating Roger Federer in straight sets on Sunday, Kei Nishikori has lost to Kevin Anderson and Dominic Thiem. He only won six matches in four sets. https://t.co/uaa4oGFOKF

It was time for Federer to take the lead after beating Anderson. The latter broke 10 aces in front of his decorated opponent, but Federer still managed to break the South African’s serve four times.

By concluding the first set at 6-4, Federer once again found himself in the last four. With the knowledge he had already acquired, Federer was clinical in the second set, making even shorter work of Anderson.

Federer continued his dominance of this tournament:

Bastien Fachan @Bastien Fachan

16 #NittoATPFinals appearances. 15 times until the semi-finals. 14 times at the head of his group. Roger. Federer. 🐐

As for what’s next, Federer has a chance to avoid top seed Novak Djokovic in the last four if the results drop somehow on Friday:

Russell Fuller @russellcfuller

Federer beats Anderson in straight sets to take the lead. He will avoid Djokovic in SF unless Djokovic loses to Cilic AND Isner beats Zverev

Federer hasn’t hit the top gear yet, but he’d probably appreciate yet another chance to go up against Djokovic and prove he still has enough left to beat the best when it counts.

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