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Kevin Anderson - Dominic Thiem
ATP World Tour Finals - 11 November 2018

World Tour Finals – Follow the Tennis match between Kevin Anderson and Dominic Thiem live with Eurosport. The match starts at 14:00 on 11 November 2018. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.
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Anderson currently engaging the O2 crowd to sing happy birthday to his wife. Listening to his voice, it's a good job he's good at tennis! :)

Join us again later from 20:00 GMT as Federer meets Nishikori in the second match in Group Lleyton Hewitt.

 

GAME, SET AND MATCH! - ANDERSON 6-3 7-6 THIEM. Anderson clinches the tie break and the match by a 12-10 scoreline in a rollercoaster finale. It sees the South African mark his debut in the tournament with a straight sets victory in one hour and 48 minutes.

Kevin Anderson of South Africa celebrates during his match against Dominic Thiem of Austria during Day One of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 Arena on November 11, 2018 in London, England.
 

TB LATEST: Thiem saves another MP but then Ando slams a forehand winner down the line. He will now serve for the contest at 11-10.

 

TB LATEST: It's 9-9 and another change of ends as Ando slams down his 11th ace of the contest.

 

TB LATEST: Ando fends off set point and now leads 8-7. He has a second match point....which Thiem saves with a careful stun volley at the net. Thiem holds again with a big first serve and it's 9-8...what a rollercoaster of a TB!

 

TB LATEST: It's 6-6 and we go on! Ando roared back from 3-1 down to lead 5-3 with two serves to come. Thiem somehow survived to make 5-5 and then save a match point.

 

TB LATEST: It's 3-3 at the change of ends. Thiem did lead 3-3, but some super Ando defence saw him wrestle the mini break back in an epic point before a thumping serve got him level.

 
 

ANDERSON 6-3 6-6 THIEM. A tight Ando forehand into the net gives Thiem a glimmer of hope of breaking for the set, but Big Kev responds and takes the next four points on the spin. Into a tie break we go....

 

ANDERSON 6-3 5-6 THIEM. Anderson manages to turn up the temperature on the Thiem serve with a pass down the line the Austrian can't quite reach. He then gets a peek at a second serve at 30-30 but can't do enough with the return. Thiem stays steady and guarantees himself the minimum of a tie break.

Dominic Thiem serre le poing face à Borna Coric à Paris-Bercy
 

ANDERSON 6-3 5-5 THIEM. Just what the doctor ordered. With the stakes high, Ando comes up with his best hold in some time, taking it to love to move level once more.

Kevin Anderson - ATP World Tour Finals London Masters
 

ANDERSON 6-3 4-5 THIEM. An audacious and almost effortless crosscourt backhand seals a hold to 15 for Thiem.

Anderson finally won a point on the Austrian's serve in this set, but couldn't make any inroads. Pressure now as the South African must hold to stay in Set 2.

 

ANDERSON 6-3 4-4 THIEM. Anderson remains so concentrated at the key moments.

Thiem blows a big chance with a wild backhand long from close to the net at 15-15 but then ups the ante as he hits back from 40-15 down to make deuce.

Anderson resets and again surges to the net, forcing Thiem to try and pass, which he cannot do. All square at the business end of the set.

 
 

ANDERSON 6-3 3-4 THIEM. If you blinked you may have missed that. Thiem rampages through a fourth love hold in a row to edge in front once more.

 
 

ANDERSON 6-3 3-3 THIEM. Ando comes through anther rollercoaster game. He recovers from 0-15 and a double fault to lead 40-15. But Thiem surged back with some explosive winners to apply heat at deuce. The Austrian blinked first though, wildly firing out of court in succession to allow the South African to reach parity once more.

 
 

ANDERSON 6-3 2-3 THIEM. It's a third love hold in a row for Thiem at the start of this set. The momentum appears to be with him, but can he turn pressure into reward on the Anderson serve?

 

ANDERSON 6-3 2-2 THIEM. No wonder Big Kev was fist pumping there.

The South African gets tight with a forehand into the net for 30-30 and then comes under attack from the Austrian. However, Thiem allows his opponent to wrestle back the initiative as Ando nails another volley at the net before Domi fails from a similar situation

 

ANDERSON 6-3 1-2 THIEM. It's another love hold for the Dominator.

Anderson isn't quite finding the range of the first set and it's allowing the Austrian to dictate with his trademark power.

 

ANDERSON 6-3 1-1 THIEM. Big Kev has got that serving mojo flowing very nicely. He pummels down another ace as he eases on to the board for the loss of one point.

 

ANDERSON 6-3 0-1 THIEM. That's more like it from Thiem. He comes out all guns blazing, lashing down a pair of aces on his way to an emphatic love hold of his own.

 
 

SET! - ANDERSON 6-3 THIEM. Too good from Anderson. He roars through a love hold to deservedly take the opening set in 41 minutes.

 
 
Kevin Anderson of South Africa walks onto court head of his match against Dominic Thiem of Austria
 

ANDERSON 5-3 THIEM. Domi somehow poses the serve-out question. Ando continues to stay consistent but will lament seeing two set points go astray from some long returning. Thiem survives to have one last chance to hit back.

 

ANDERSON 5-2 THIEM. Anderson does not let the missed opportunity to snare the double break affect him. He continues to conjure up powerhouse serves and remains imperious at the net to claim another simple hold.

 

A man who has been no stranger to this tournament in the past is trying out his new look!

 

ANDERSON 4-2 THIEM. It's a feature of Thiem's game that he combines the sensational with the erratic. It makes the steady-eddy of Anderson a very tricky opponent.

The South African's tactic of moving to the net causes Domi major concern and the Austrian is forced to fend off three break points before finding a huge serve down the middle T to stay alive in the set.

 
Dominic Thiem in Paris 2018
 

ANDERSON 4-1 THIEM. If you were to pick a service game to back up a break, that would be it. Anderson finds the big first serve and saunters to a love hold.

 

BREAK! - ANDERSON 3-1 THIEM. That's a shocker from the man nicknamed 'the Dominator' - and Ando reaps the reward.

Thiem fires down a first double fault and then clouts a tight forehand approach up the line into the net. It serves up two break points on a platter for the South African.

Thiem saves one with a spectacular crosscourt forehand winner, but then gets caught out by Ando's fierce, deep return and can only drive long.

 

ANDERSON 2-1 THIEM. If Anderson did have any butterflies they've gone now. He unloads a sublime winner up the line before going on to conclude an accomplished love hold with a big serve and angled volley combo.

 

ANDERSON 1-1 THIEM. No rustiness from Thiem who sees Anderson leak a couple of uncharacteristic errors as the Austrian easily holds to 15.

 

ANDERSON 1-0 THIEM. It's a mixed opener for Big Kev but he eventually prevails from deuce. A double fault and a wayward crosscourt forehand show signs of nerves, but he still manages to thunder down a couple of aces to stand firm.

14.23

Here we go with Ando serving first...

14.15 

Thiem loses the toss leaving Anderson with the choice.

No surprise to anyone packed into the O2 Arena that he opts to serve first.

14.12 

Almost show time!

The players arrive on court to flashing lights and booming music.

14.08 

Meanwhile, GB's Jamie Murray has just won his opening doubles match at this year's tournament.

14.05 

Thiem: "It has been a great year. At the beginning it was my big goal to come here and that's what I've reached. And also because of my performances in Grand Slams - I'm very happy."

Dominic Thiem in Paris
14.00 

DID YOU KNOW? Anderson is the first South African to qualify for the singles field at the season finale for 23 years. Thiem, 25, is appearing at his third finals in succession.

13.55

HEAD-TO-HEAD: Big Kev leads the match-up 6-2, but Thiem has won the last two meetings. Those victories both came earlier this year with the most recent seeing the man nicknamed the Dominator triumphing in straight sets in the last 16 of the US Open.

Dominic Thiem punches the air after beating Kevin Anderson
13.50 

Hello and welcome to LIVE updates of the opening match of the 2018 ATP World Tour finals. It's big-serving South African, Kevin Anderson - making his end-of-season tournament bow - against Austria's Dominic Thiem in Group Lleyton Hewitt.

Dominic Thiem et Kevin Anderson