Aggressive Anderson muscles his way to good start in London

Jo Caldwell
November 12, 2018

The ATP Finals tournament is generally regarded as the highest tier of tennis outside the Grand Slam circuit.

He repelled a fierce Thiem fightback, saving a couple of set points in the second set tiebreak before clinching a debut win with his 13th ace - celebrating by inviting the crowd to join in a verse of "happy birthday" to his watching wife Kelsey. "I definitely felt a little bit nervous".

An error-strewn display from the 20-time Grand Slam champion allowed Nishikori to take the first set via a tiebreaker despite the Japanese player struggling for consistency himself.

"Then I started to feel better in the second set. It's okay, now that the first match is out of the way".

"I think I've taken the towel once or twice this year, once in Acapulco and once in Washington when it was like 120 degrees and when it was 150 per cent humidity".

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He is set to renew rivalries with the Swiss maestro after his meeting with Thiem, before squaring off against Japan's Kei Nishikori, whom he lost to in the final of the Paris Masters earlier this month.

"I heard Tsitsipas say it's the ball boys' job but I think the ball boys' job is to give you the balls".

"Unfortunately I couldn't keep the lead that I got early (in the second set),"Federer said".

They shared the stage for one of the most memorable matches of the season when Anderson defeated Isner 26-24 in the fifth set of a six-hour-plus semi-final that directly led to Wimbledon announcing the introduction of final-set tie-breaks.

"It's always a big challenge to play Roger", Nishikori said. It also happened in 2007 (and he came back to win the tournament) and '08.

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In fact, eight of the top 10 players in the world were sharing the train with regular passengers on the way to Westminster station and the English Houses of Parliament for the launch of the Nitto ATP Finals.

The Austrian made a match of it in the second set and was involved in a gripping tiebreak but went down 6-3 7-6 (10). I think out of the taller guys, he's playing outstanding from the baseline.

As Federer sought the old magic-which comes in bits and pieces these days because the body cannot achieve what the mind believes it can at age 37-Djokovic played the game he knows best, one of negligible errors.

Doubles players are paid significantly less, with an undefeated pair earning $517,000 between them for winning the title and $200,000 if they are beaten along the way.

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