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Thiem keeps hopes alive with Nishikori win — ATP Finals

16 November 2018
Thiem keeps hopes alive with Nishikori win — ATP Finals

"I'll do the same tomorrow because it worked", Federer said of deciding not to practise on Monday.

Benneteau had slammed Federer's favouritism and also the legitimacy of the 20-time Grand Slam victor hiring Tiley.

The likes of Laver Cup, Davis Cup, Craig Tiley and Tennis Australia, Nick Kyrgios and his Laver Cup appearance fee, court/stadium scheduling and more came into play in that conversation. "It was a great match but obviously one that hurt".

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"The radio interview that happened over a week ago". Sometimes I get asked, 'do you want to play day or night?' Sometimes they go ask the agent.

"Sometimes we have our say", he said.

The Swiss, 37, looked out of sorts when he lost his first match on Sunday but played much better against Anderson.

"I am thrilled, the body is feeling really good".

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and American John Isner both came to Federer's defense. Again you have to understand that also Federer is a driving force of tennis in terms of revenue. "In terms of players and their appeal, Roger Federer is a once-in-a-generation player and is widely regarded as one of the biggest box-office athletes in the world".

"He has been regularly voted Australia's favorite athlete", he added in the statement seen by CNN Sport.

Asked about the controversy, former world No 1 Federer said that while he does speak to tournament chiefs about scheduling, he doesn't believe he gets special favours.

"Julien and guys like him are also benefiting from tennis, because of Roger, because of what he has done for the sport."

"In the organization of this event, there's Craig Tiley, the boss of the Australian Open, who deals with marketing and TV rights", Benneteau said. 'And the man is paid by Roger Federer's agent for the Laver Cup.

"When he (Federer) promotes the Laver Cup, there are a number of conflicts of interest that have become disturbing", Benneteau said. "So I'm very happy that that was the right decision and I was able to show a reaction from my first-round match".

Meanwhile on court, Federer hasn't been at his best in London.

After losing his opening match at London's O2 Arena against Kei Nishikori, Federer would have crashed out if he had been beaten by Thiem.

Djokovic hit just six unforced errors and won 86 per cent of points on his serve.

Kevin Anderson handed Japan's Kei Nishikori a humiliating 6-0, 6-1 thrashing at the ATP Finals as the South African moved to the brink of a semi-final berth on Tuesday.

"That's one option", Federer said.

The Swiss broke the South African in the next game, sealing the break with a crisp backhand volley at the net but was immediately in trouble at 0-40 on his own serve before winning five successive points to take the set. "I guess it was my head".

It's normal. Sometimes you feel that way.

The big-serving South African made light work of Thiem in his first match and almost double-bageled Nishikori in Tuesday's match to seal the top spot in the group.