Roger Federer walked onto Centre Courtroom at The O2 on Thursday figuring out he wanted a robust efficiency if he needed to advance to the semi-finals on the Nitto ATP Finals for the 15th time.
And Federer responded in a giant means, defeating fourth seed Kevin Anderson 6-Four, 6-Three to not solely assure that he would transfer on to the final 4 in London, however that he would win Group Lleyton Hewitt with a 2-1 document.
The week won’t have began off nicely for the 37-year-old Swiss, who shockingly fell in his opening match towards Kei Nishikori in straight units, the primary time he has fell in two units on the occasion in round-robin play. However Federer bounced again to beat Dominic Thiem and now Anderson with out dropping a set.
Federer got here out targeted early towards Anderson, who was 2-Zero in his Nitto ATP Finals debut, breaking first. However the second seed performed a sloppy service recreation and struggled to pinpoint his serve like ordinary to offer that break again.
From there, although, Federer locked down his recreation, and did nicely to win 68 per cent of second-serve return factors towards the big-serving Anderson to triumph in 77 minutes.
With Thiem’s over Nishikori in straight units earlier within the day, Anderson was already assured to turn out to be the primary South African to maneuver into the semi-finals on the season finale for the reason that event started in 1970. So Federer will face the second-placed competitor in Group Guga Kuerten, whereas Anderson will conflict towards that group’s winner.
The win is even sweeter for the Swiss, as Anderson got here from two units and a match level down towards Federer on this yr’s Wimbledon quarter-finals to earn maybe the largest win of his profession en path to the ultimate at SW19.