LONDON (Information) – Roger Federer stated he had no extra margin for error if he wished to keep away from an early exit on the ATP Finals after dropping his opening group match to Dominic Thiem on Sunday.
Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – November 10, 2019 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in motion throughout his group stage match in opposition to Austria’s Dominic Thiem Motion Pictures through Information/Tony O’Brien
The 38-year-old Swiss, bidding for his seventh title on the occasion however his first since 2011, struggled to deal with Thiem’s aggressive recreation as he went down 7-5 7-5.
Solely as soon as in 16 earlier appearances has Federer didn’t survive the group part, in 2008, and to keep away from a repeat he must beat Italian Matteo Berrettini on Tuesday and likely Novak Djokovic on Thursday.
Djokovic, aiming to claw again the year-end primary rating from Rafael Nadal, destroyed debutant Berrettini 6-2 6-1 within the day’s opening singles match on the O2 Area.
Thiem put fixed stress on Federer and broke at 5-5 in every set to say his third win over the Swiss this yr.
“My forecast, it’s a traditional event from right here on ahead,” 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer, overwhelmed by Djokovic in an epic Wimbledon ultimate in July, stated.
“Not allowed to lose anymore for me. That’s how it’s each week of the yr for the final 20 years, so from that standpoint there’s nothing new there.
“I’ve received to get better, I’ve received be sure that I play higher than at present, and hopefully I can win that match (in opposition to Berrettini).”
The warning indicators have been there in Federer’s opening service recreation which he dropped and though he hit again impressively he faltered at 5-5 when Thiem hurried him into errors.
Federer had nearly all of help within the packed enviornment however, strive as he may, he couldn’t discover his A recreation within the second set as Thiem once more dominated the baseline rallies.
Thiem, who has flourished this yr since hiring coach Nicolas Massu after a gradual begin to the season, broke once more at 5-5 and though Federer fought laborious and had some extent to take the set right into a tiebreak he was unable to show issues round.
“I believed he performed a troublesome first-round efficiency at present, and my recreation was in all probability simply not ok, and the beginning didn’t assist,” Federer stated.
Thiem will face Djokovic on Tuesday.
Reporting by Martyn Herman; Enhancing by Toby Davis and Ken Ferris