Nishikori too good for Anderson


There is more O2 action today and Kei Nishikori can shine against Kevin Anderson in the Lleyton Hewitt group.

Nishikori to win 2-0 @ 29/20

Both of these players won their opening matches in straight sets but it was Nishikori whose victory was the most impressive, defeating Roger Federer 7-6 6-3.

Anderson got the better of Dominic Thiem 6-3 7-6 but the Austrian is arguably the weakest member of the pool in terms of form.

The South African’s serve was crucial to his victory, winning 91 per cent of his first serve points.

However, Nishikori is a superior returner to Thiem and now seemingly recovered from the wrist injury that plagued him in 2017, his confidence is back.

The 28-year-old has a historical advantage, winning five of the eight meetings between the pair.

The most recent of those came in the form of a straight sets success at the Paris Masters so back him to repeat the trick today.

Federer to win 2-0 @ 20/23

In the later match, Federer should have too much for Thiem who is again seeing his season grind to a halt.

This is the 25-year-old’s third trip to London but he has a 2-5 record and failed to force a single break against Anderson.

Federer seemed to have issues with both his form and the umpire in that defeat to Nishikori but a player of his class rarely finds himself in the same situation twice.

Surprisingly, it is the younger competitor who leads the head-to-head 2-1 but with his form dwindling, Federer can bounce back.

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