Thiem reflects on his days on the ATP Challenger tour

Roger Federer doesn't see any reason why the ATP Finals should move from its current home at London's O2

Roger Federer doesn't see any reason why the ATP Finals should move from its current home at London's O2

Federer won his first in Milan in 2001 at age 19 and his most recent in Basel at 37 at last month's Swiss Indoors.

"I'll play with confidence", he said. That's exactly what happened.

Zverev, who won three titles this year in Washington, Madrid and Munich, is very much seen among the next generation of tennis stars in the men's game but it is not just a changing of the guard he wants to see. He's the Swiss legend, Roger Federer who breaks his own remarkable records and creates history every time he strikes the tennis ball with is Wilson wand.

Thiem tightened up his game in the second set and looked far more aggressive, with his serving numbers rocketing higher but Anderson held firm to take the set into a tie-break.

"I'm ready to go again now", the world number five told reporters ahead of the tournament involving the eight best male players of the year - minus the injured Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro. "What else does a person need to be happy?' Tennis is my passion and I'll play as long as possible because I truly love it". "He's one of the toughest opponents on the tour".

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The Austrian reflected on how his ATP Challenger experiences have prepared him for the big stages. "I have to play 100 percent".

The stat is made even more incredible in that Federer has competed at the event for 16 consecutive years.

Earlier, Kevin Anderson made a confident start to his ATP Finals debut with a 6-3, 7-6 (10) victory over Dominic Thiem. I'm not going to recommend something that my numbers don't advocate, and I'll be back tomorrow to preview the two matches in the Kuerten group, as well as all week as the tournament continues.

"I've learned a lot from the two previous visits here", said Thiem. This quirk has stuck with him for years, with first reports about it dating back to 2008, when he was an up and coming 18-year-old. I remember when it was in Houston and Shanghai for many years - it wasn't so simple. This year should be different.

It was guaranteed as soon as Rafael Nadal withdrew from the last Masters of the season in Paris.

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"That was the key of the match, that sort of I guess 10-minute swing at the end of the first throughout maybe one-all in the second".

'Yeah, unfortunately I couldn't keep the lead that I got early.

Roger Federer suffered a shock straight-sets defeat to Kei Nishikori at the ATP Finals on Sunday (Nov 11), severely denting his bid for the 100th title of his illustrious career.

"I definitely felt a little bit nervous", said Anderson. He became only the third ever player qualify after winning an ATP Challenger Tour title, which he picked up at The RBC Tennis Championships of Dallas in February. When I do that, I know I can beat anybody.

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