Kei Nishikori admits to a poor week despite toppling Roger Federer

Hope Soto
November 18, 2018

He said: "It feels good, I'm very happy I showed a reaction after the last match against Kei". "I'm not used to losing and then coming back to play, it was a good test".

"I get asked, 'Would you like to play Monday or Tuesday?' some times".

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.

A big key for the Swiss was his play on serve, as he did not face a single break point during the one-hour, seven-minute match and won 86 percent of his first-serve points and 81 percent of his second-serve points.

"I think for the rest of the group and all of us I think it's about really believing that we can beat him".

However, the 20-time grand slam champion still needs to beat the in-form Kevin Anderson, who knocked him out at Wimbledon and who dropped just one game against Nishikori in Tuesday afternoon's match, if he is to clamber out of the group.

Things went from bad to worse for the Japanese and he sent a backhand long in the second game of the second set to hand his service game once again, with Anderson rattling off 10 straight games following another unforced error from his rival in game four for a 6-0 4-0 advantage.

Federer, a six-time victor of this tournament, suffered a shocking loss to Kei Nishikori on Sunday.

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But the 28-year-old had climbed back to ninth in the world thanks to a strong second half of a campaign, featuring a semi-final appearance at the US Open.

"Today I was more positive and happy on the court".

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

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

The Austrian takes on Kei Nishikori in the day session, ahead of Federer's meeting with Anderson.

Anderson won the first 11 games and needed only 64 minutes to demolish the woeful Nishikori in a remarkably one-sided group stage clash at London's O2 Arena. I don't know. But, yeah, I just didn't play well this week. "Maybe it's the round-robin format that got to me", Federer said.

Anderson is in pole position, but qualification for the semi-finals is still possible for all four players.

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