Federer's transition to the semi-finals is still far from safe – in a moment he takes Kevin Anderson, and together with Nishikori and Thiem they play each other, he will have to win to give himself a chance to progress. This should be a much more difficult proposition than tonight.
Roger says! "I feel good, I'm very happy that I showed the reaction, I'm not used to losing, and then I'm back in the game, it was a good test.
"Against Kei, it was four, we both played very badly and felt quite negative." It was a bit disappointing, and Kei finally played better.
"Today I played a lot better and I always have the privilege to play here in London, and I tried to remember it."
Roger Federer defeats Dominik Thiem 6-2, 6-3!
It all ends when Thiem sends a wide salvo – his 34th unforced error in the match. The game helped him a lot, but Federer did the job and had his first win in the tournament.
Second set: Thiem 2-6, 3-5 * Federer (* stands for next server) Will Thiem make Federer serve him? He earns Federer's strong return on a less than perfect start, and then he gives a decent throw from the bottom to half of the volleyball. Federer once again announces his return and challenges unsuccessfully. Another Mishit Thiem makes him have 30 points and is caught by the return in a loop that falls. Match point … rescued when Thiem holds on to the next rally. Federer does not allow this to happen again, dominating the next in the second point of the match …
Second set: Thiem 2-6, * 3-5 Federer (* stands for next server) Federer does not have to give up on the second heat, scoring three aces and winning the only rally when Thiem mishits, throwing the ball on the stands. Federer, it must be said, he looked very good tonight.
Second set: Thiem 2-6, 3-4 * Federer (* stands for next server) Finally a convenient service game for Thiem, which he likes to love. However, he is running out of time to hurt himself in the service of his opponent.
Second set: Thiem 2-6, * 2-4 Federer (* stands for next server) Thiem played some cool things among the bugs – he pushes Federer with a net in the net. Unfortunately, he already has 40-0, Federer is very strong – he has no breakpoint yet and he is not here.
Second set: Thiem 2-6, 2-3 * Federer (* means the next server) Thiem shows glimpses of his skills in this game, especially with the forehand in the corner that Federer can not get close to. At 40 to 15 years old, Federer's chip-screen nets reflect low above the surface. Thiem descends to get rid of him and looks ready to be thrown with a towel, but finds a base line with a backhand and hangs on his server.
Second set: Thiem 2-6, * 1-3 Federer (* stands for next server) Thiem's return trims the net, giving him a chance – but he puts the volley into the net and wanders around, shaking his head. This is the only chance he will get in a routine embrace, sealed with a feather-shot drop shot.
Second set: Thiem 2-6, 1-2 * Federer (* stands for next server) Each singles match in London was won in straight sets and it would be a surprise if it did not happen here. Thiem at least shows a fight here, moving 40-15 ahead with the crusader and finding a big second favor.
The second set: Thiem 2-6, * 0-2 Federer (* stands for the next server) Federer looks at a good nickname, although it is not tested there. He runs to serve to love her.
Second set: Thiem 2-6, 0-1 * Federer (* stands for next server) Thiem tried to be aggressive, but he lacked the accuracy to get him. He tries to get involved with ground play with Federer, but he is not happy, Federer pushes him back without success. Thiem loses heart, or rather fights with the server.
Federer wins the first set!
First set: Thiem 2-6 * Federer (* stands for next server) Federer wants to put out a set, and it's hard to see how Thiem puts up a lot of resistance. When I write this, I hammer a sizzling backhand in the line. It's 30-15 seconds, and the other Thiemu apologizes for returning from the baseline. The Fed closes him with an ace.
A few of today's football stars: Toni Kroos from Real Madrid, assistant Bournemouth Asmir Begovic and manager West Ham Manuel Pellegrini. Federer is in the appropriate age range; maybe he is considering an annual contract.
First set: Thiem 2-5 * Federer (* means the next server) Thiem does not play well enough to trouble Federer even 50%; flips the sample from top to bottom, and then adds a double error to its unforced error. Another breakthrough point for Federer, taken as Thiem, misjudging a somewhat more awkward salvo.
First set: Thiem * 2-4 Federer (* means the next server) Thiem can feel better after receiving the second game on the board – but can he do it on the way to Federer? Not here – Federer takes control with a brilliant, looping drop-shot and closes the ace.
First set: Thiem 2-3 * Federer (* stands for next server) Thiem is worried again, unforced mistakes come together when he loses 15-30. During the second round it shreds the rally and then enters the network to move on. He, however, takes over another forehand, and this is the two. Federer gives an advantage thanks to a return that flies for many kilometers, and Thiem maintains.
The first set: Thiem * 1-3 Federer (* stands for the next server) Returning to the server is a weakness for Thiem and he fights here when Federer sets off at 40-15. As closes it and looks good.
First set: Thiem 1-2 * Federer (* stands for next server) Another breeze of chance for Federer at 15-30, but he balances forehand. Already more than a dozen unforced errors – these were awkward things. Thiem gets better from the next rally, but nets like Federer have survived it! Breakpointwhen Thiem shoots a shot from the line.
"Maybe Federer has a new contract with a sweatshirt company – he has to wear it for longer," Andrew Benton suggests. "And Federer with 95% can easily defeat Thiem!"
That's true, but is Federer 95%? Can he defeat Thiem 80%? The answer is probably.
First set: Thiem * 1-1 Federer (* stands for next server) Federer tries to find his rhythm while serving, but throws a shot at the net from 30-15 up. A few powerful first ones are used to secure the first block.
First set: Thiem 1-0 * Federer (* stands for next server) Thiem packs a salvo into the net, which slides down 0-30 in the back, but rides with a few penalties. Thiem then goes long, giving up the breakpoint, but rescues him with the server on a large scale and throws the winner. Thiem loses a few chances to end the match, but the salvo and the quick second team do the job.
Here we go, Thiem, serving first in front of the packed home.
Federer wins the throw and decides on the first, which was his usual tactics. He maintained his tracksuit in honor of the warm-up, which led to further speculation by Riderski and colleagues that he did not feel 100%.
Players are going to the field. Federer, in a predictable way, receives a much higher ovation. The commenting team thinks it looks nervous – I doubt it.
Here's Roger! "I just have to play better, be a bit more positive, I'm very excited that I still have a chance, tennis court, I have to be aggressive and play to win."
Thiem has a rare distinction of having a winning record against Federer, through two games to one. However, they have not played since 2016.
Of course, there is no Andy & # 39; Murray, but his brother Jamie reached the semi-final with his partner Bruno Soares. They have just selected 6-4, 6-3 winners against the Colombian duo Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah. They are in the semi-finals of the third year in a row, although they never reached the finals.
Good day. Round rounds on these seasoned events can become complicated, confusing things, but the equation of Roger Federer is very simple. He must defeat Dominic Thiem or face group elimination during the World Tour finals for the first time since he was re-marked and moved to London in 2009.
His defeat with Kei Nishikori left him in a precarious position in the group, and Thiem also defeated Kevin Anderson. Federer remains a strong favorite to win tonight, but today's Nishikori performance – terrifying 6-0, losing 6-1 for Anderson – raises the question of Federer's form. The game starts at 20.00, GMT.