6-time ATP Finals Champion, Roger Federer defeated South African Kevin Anderson on Thursday (Nov 15) in straight-sets by 6–4, 6–3 to move to the semi-finals of this tournament. With this victory, Roger has made it to this tournament semi-final for a record 15th time.
Federer looked in lots of trouble when he lost his first match of the tournament on Sunday to Japan’s Kei Nishikori but bounced back in a dramatic fashion in the latter part of the tournament, with 2 successive straight-set victories in the next two games against Dominic Thiem and Kevin Anderson.
“I’m very happy. The first match was tough against Kei, I never got going. With my back against the wall maybe it is easier for me to play,” said Federer after beating Kevin Anderson to reach the semi-final stage.
“I tried to come up with a good game plan against Dominic and also Kevin today. I’m happy it all worked out. I’m thrilled to be in the semis. I’m happy to be alive, hoping for a good match the day after tomorrow. I have a lot left in the tank even though I’m not the youngest!” added Federer.
Kevin Anderson and Novak Djokovic have already booked their semi-final berth with two wins in their first two games and Federer become the latest enter this stage. Alexander Zverev, John Isner and Marin Cilic are now fighting it out for the only remaining semi-final berth.
Roger Federer with 33 games won has now topped the ‘Group Lleyton Hewitt’ and Kevin Anderson is at the second position with 32 games won. Novak Djokovic is currently at the top of the ‘Group Gustavo Kuerten’ and a victory against Cilic on Friday will help him retain the top position in this group. And that implies Federer has a chance to escape Djokovic in the tournament semi finals!
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