Anderson outmuscles Thiem in ATP Finals opener

Kristopher Nichols
November 12, 2018

The Serbian became the world No. 1 earlier this week, for the first time since 2016, nearly exactly two years after losing that rank to Andy Murray at the same tournament. Also because of the Spaniard Rafael Nadal is missing injured.

Recall Khachanov defeated Djokovic in the final of the ATP tournament in Paris. If surprise successes in men's tennis are few and far between, London, hosting its 10th edition of the ATP Finals, may not provide one either, because Djokovic has moved on from a will-he-won't-he at the beginning of the year to becoming the man to beat at the end of it.

JOHN ISNER (33/USA/10): The mark-up giant from the US came in for the injured Rafael Nadal to the field of participants.

ALEXANDER ZVEREV (21/Germany/5): The German number one for the second Time in London.

And he's won both meetings with Nishikori at the ATP Finals, in 2014 and in three sets in 2015.

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Federer is picking his spots, and if he is going to keep heavily prioritizing the most prestigious events - the Grand Slam tournaments and Masters 1000s - and add only his hometown tournament in Basel and a smattering of lower-level grass-court tournaments on the side, then the odds of reaching 109 lengthen. The Japanese will be playing in the tournament for a fourth time after an encouraging season, though he has not won a tournament since 2016.

ATP Finals history: 2017 - semi-finals, 2015 - runner-up, 2014 - runner-up, 2013 - semi-finals, 2012 - runner-up, 2011 - champion, 2010 - champion, 2009 - semi-finals, 2008 - round-robin stage, 2007 - champion, 2006 - champion, 2005 - runner-up, 2004 - champion, 2003 - champion, 2002 - semi-finals. I won 20-plus matches in a row and had the most fantastic last five months of the year. The Serb, who from Wimbledon forward had a formidable path with only two defeats, will try to reach the six (record) titles of the Swiss Maestro. Before this final, Djokovic had lost just one in 32 matches since the first match at Wimbledon in July.

Before that Thiem had saved two set points at 5-2 when Anderson twice went long and he held on to force the South African to serve it out. The news Agency APA said: "It is a singing - and-out in the group phase of the sound up to a tournament victory, everything is possible".

The event is for the top eight players and with Argentina's Juan Martín del Potro also withdrawing it has left two spaces which Japan's Kei Nishikori and American John Isner have filled.

Federer and Djokovic are the top seeds in London and are hoping to finish their respective seasons with a final piece of silverware.

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