Published: Sun, November 18, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Anderson hammers Nishikori in ATP Finals humiliation

Anderson hammers Nishikori in ATP Finals humiliation

The only result from Tuesday's late match that can prevent the fourth-seeded Anderson from advancing would be a straight-sets victory for Roger Federer over Dominic Thiem. "So I'm very happy that that was the right decision and I was able to show a reaction from my first-round match".

It was a great challenge for me and I'm happy with my attitude.

Earlier, Anderson handed Japanese star Nishikori a humiliating 6-0, 6-1 thrashing as the South African moved to the brink of a semi-final berth.

With no pace or energy in his shots, Nishikori netted an easy forehand in the fourth game to lose serve again and he squandered three game points in game six to suffer the third straight break after a return victor from Anderson who was 6-0 up after just 31 minutes. "Sometimes they ask me, you know, 'Asia wants you to play at night", Federer said.

"I don't feel like I need to comment on this".

Switzerland's Roger Federer (R) shakes hands with Austria's Dominic Thiem (L) after Federer won their men's singles round-robin match on day three of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London on November 13, 2018.

Anderson, the Wimbledon finalist, swiftly completed his 47th win of the season, topping his career-high from 2015.

Nishikori broke again in the sixth game and kept his nerve, serving out for victory."I lost to him twice in the last two months so I played more aggressively and things started working, especially in the second set". I felt that way today.

Yet at 6-0 5-0, and with less than an hour on the clock, the 28-year-old finally managed to string four serves together to get on the scoreboard and avoid the dreaded "double bagel".

"I was growing in confidence and he sort of probably was going a little the other way, which is tough given the situation".

The South African could do no wrong, dominating the baseline rallies and winning all but one of his 12 first service points as he took the opening set in faultless fashion.

Anderson had previously underlined his credentials as a major contender in London with a brutal destruction of Nishikori.

"For me, it was one of the worst days in the year", he said.

The ATP Finals is contested by the eight players who have accumulated the most ranking points over the season separated into two groups, with the best four players reaching the knockout semi-finals stage.

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