Federer refutes claims of "preferential treatment"

Roger Federer beat Marin Cilic in this year’s Australian Open final

Roger Federer beat Marin Cilic in this year’s Australian Open final

That was largely because after beating an out-of-sorts Federer in the first match, the form of Kei Nishikori fell so far off a cliff that he ended his campaign losing heavily to the previously winless Dominic Thiem.

In a dramatic first set there was still time for Federer to nearly let Anderson back in, falling to 0-40 at 5-4, but the 20-time Grand Slam champion showed his mettle to save all three break points and close out the set, confirming his place in the semifinals.

"I played great against him for three sets, but after that he got tough, I blinked, and he was better at the end, so I don't think I'll go into this match thinking too much about that one".

Six-time champion Roger Federer put a troubled start to his 16th ATP Finals behind him as he outclassed Dominic Thiem 6-2 6-3 on Tuesday to stay on course for the knockout stage. "It's been a long year for all of us, but maybe the break in the summer maybe helps me a little bit".

Federer is chasing his 100th career title win.

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"I'm happy to be alive, hoping for a good match the day after tomorrow".

Federer struck first when Anderson dropped serve to fall behind 4-3, although the Swiss world No. 3 immediately handed the break back due to costly unforced errors. I don't think they were going one way or the other, for me or for Roger.

Thiem, who came into his final round-robin match at London's O2 Arena with two defeats - against Anderson and Federer, beat Nishikori 6-1, 6-4 in the afternoon session. "I am happy I am getting a chance to play him again and have a rematch [from Wimbledon]".

For Federer match with Anderson was the most fundamental, because the South African last summer was blocked his way in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon.

Fans and broadcasters demand that Roger Federer play in the prime-time slot on Rod Laver Arena, said the Australian Open's tournament director Craig Tiley on Tuesday, in a strongly-argued response to claims of cronyism and preferential treatment.

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Roger Federer won four titles in 2018 including the Australian Open.

'I felt fresh, but I just didn't feel the ball this week, ' said Nishikori.

Djokovic said, "I understand Julien's point because sometimes it does seem that maybe certain players get more favored". The following game was also very long and Thiem converted the fifth break point after a double fault from Nishikori, closing the set with a forehand victor in the following game after 41 minutes.

With this win, Federer will head into the next stage from the first place in Lleyton Hewitt group, and his opponent might be Novak Djokovic, who is now first in the Gustavo Kuerten group. The whole round-robin format is quite unusual, now I feel like it's win, or you go out.

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