Happening now: So Feddy is a break up at 3-2! Bit he's not playing his best! “We haven't played in a while,” Federer said. “I haven't thought about the match, to be honest. I haven't had enough time. I wasn't even thinking who I'm going to play next. I just know I need to do better than today. That's pretty much it.” Menu
Day 3 Preview: Can Roger Bounce Back Against Thiem?
Roger Federer will try to even his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Dominic Thiem at 2-2 on Tuesday. ©
Nov 12, 2018
Anderson and Nishikori battle in match of Sunday winners
Will Roger Federer bounce back?
That will be the leading story on Tuesday as Group Lleyton Hewitt contests its second of three round-robin matches at the Nitto ATP Finals.
On the opening day of play, No. 7 seed Kei Nishikori stunned Federer, dealing the six-time champion his first straight-sets defeat in group play at the season finale. In fact, Federer had lost just three round-robin matches since the tournament moved to The O2 in London in 2009.
So now, Federer will look to get back on track when he faces Dominic Thiem, who also lost against Kevin Anderson in straight sets in his first match. Interestingly, Thiem leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Federer 2-1, with all three of their matches coming in 2016. “We haven't played in a while,” Federer said. “I haven't thought about the match, to be honest. I haven't had enough time. I wasn't even thinking who I'm going to play next. I just know I need to do better than today. That's pretty much it.” Watch Live
Thiem will take confidence into the encounter knowing that while it’s been more than two years since he has shared a court with the 99-time tour-level titlist, the Austrian saved two match points to beat Federer in Stuttgart in their most recent match-up. But the sixth seed knows he will have to get off to a quicker start against Federer than he did against Anderson, as he faced seven break points in the opening set against the South African. “I didn't have a good start,” Thiem said. “I was in trouble almost every service game. So the first set was not really good.”