London: Dominic Thiem kept his ATP Finals alive on Thursday after beating Kei Nishikori in straight sets and hoping that Kevin Anderson will register a comprehensive win over Roger Federer. Thiem came into his final round-robin match at London’s O2 Arena with two defeats against Anderson and Federer respectively but made a statement by defeating Nishikori 6-1, 6-4 in the afternoon session.
The Austrian sixth seed broke his Japanese rival, who shocked Federer in his opening match, twice in the first set and a single break was enough for him to take the second set and seal the match.Nishikori won just 56 percent of points on his serve throughout the match, in the Lleyton Hewitt group, and hit a total of 41 unforced errors, compared to 21 for Thiem.
Second seed Federer, looking to reach the semi-finals for the 15th time in 16 ATP Finals appearances, is 4-1 ahead in his head-to-head record against South Africa’s Anderson but he lost to him in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in a five-set classic.
Croatian Marin Cilic beat American John Isner, coming from a set down, and achieved his first victory at the ATP Finals in London.With the presence of the winner of the 2016 tournament, Britain’s Andy Murray in the stands, Isner won the first set, which sent Novak Djokovic directly to the semifinals. But Cilic took the next two to win 6-7 (2), 6-3 and 6-4 in two hours and 14 minutes.With this victory, Cilic ended his streak of four consecutive defeats. He will now face Djokovic on Friday, and Isner, with two defeats, will play against Zverev.