ATP Finals: Roger Federer beaten by Kei Nishikori in opening group match

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Federer suffered a shock straight-sets defeat to Kei Nishikori on Sunday (local time), severely denting his bid for the 100th title of his illustrious career.

Djokovic, for example, enjoys a better head-to-head win ratio against nearly all these players-25-22 against Federer, 1-1 against Zverev, 7-1 against Anderson, 16-2 against Čilić, 5-2 against Thiem, 15-2 against Nishikori and 8-2 versus Isner-which puts him in a rarefied zone. Before the matches began, Federer was not optimistic about his performance in London. The twenty-five-year-old has earned 11 career titles, amassed over $13 million in prize money, and reached his first Grand Slam Final at the 2018 French Open. However, Federer's prediction has been accurate and the outcome has disappointed his fans. Since 2011 I have not won the World Tour Finals but I have done well'.

"He thought I was angry", Federer said afterwards, when asked what he had said to umpire Damian Steiner.

"If you go deeper into a comparison, it has to be through titles, achievements, and then Federer stands out more".

Federer rallied to save three set points, but Nishikori delivered a well-placed serve out wide to ensure the comeback attempt ended there.

'When we are travelling we don't force it if we are in Shanghai or Tokyo and I am very busy or there are no courts around, we will not force it. The US Open is the most lucrative, paying its champions $3.8 million this year while the Australian Open also has a winners' pot of $2.9 million.

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"It's going to be a lot of fun but also a situation where I don't have much to lose".

"I think I've taken the towel once or twice this year, once in Acapulco and once in Washington when it was like 120 degrees and when it was 150 per cent humidity".

"Then I started to feel better in the second set". No.6 South African Kevin Anderson, enjoying the best phase of his career at age 32, makes his debut in the tournament and remains its most unsafe floater, while the presence of No.10 John Isner, Nadal's replacement, will increase the chances of at least one marathon match next week.

"There were some lucky points but I played well today".

He admitted his practice has been "a bit all over the place" but had no excuses.

The fourth-seeded Anderson, who was runner-up at Wimbledon this year, was taken to deuce in his opening service game, but dropped only one more point on serve in the first set - and wasn't punished for taking just one of seven break point opportunities on Thiem's delivery.

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