Roger Federer - Kei Nishikori
ATP World Tour Finals - 11 November 2018
World Tour Finals – Follow the Tennis match between Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori live with Eurosport. The match starts at 20:00 on 11 November 2018. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.
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GAME, SET AND MATCH! - FEDERER 6-7 3-6 NISHIKORI. He's done it! Nishikori produces the big shock to down the six-time champion in straight sets. It was a strange display from Federer, who leaked uncharacteristic errors throughout an unpredictable one hour and 27 minute contest. Kei also becomes the first man to beat FedEx in striaght sets in the round robin of this tournament.
FEDERER 6-7 3-5 NISHIKORI. Federer poses the serve-out question with a relatively easy hold to 15 courtesy of an ace to finish. Over to Kei now. It's his big moment, how's his nerve?
FEDERER 6-7 2-5 NISHIKORI. Kei is in the groove right now and Roger looks forlorn. The world No.9 consolidates with a love hold and is one game away from a shock victory.
BREAK! - FEDERER 6-7 2-4 NISHIKORI. Wow! Federer is well out of sorts tonight and Nishikori makes him pay with a timely break. The Swiss defends brilliantly to counter punch a crosscourt winner to make 30-30, but then fires his fourth double fault of the evening to put himself under more pressure. This time he can't fend it off as a bruising crosscourt drive from the Japanese is just too hot to handle.
FEDERER 6-7 2-3 NISHIKORI. That's some bold tennis from Kei. He hears the crowd roar their support for Federer when he misjudges the Swiss' prod up the line to trail 15-30 - but then digs deep to reel off the next three points and keep his nose in front on the scoreboard.
FEDERER 6-7 2-2 NISHIKORI. That's more assured from Federer as he leans heavily on some strong first serves to level to 15.
FEDERER 6-7 1-2 NISHIKORI. It's raining errors! Nishikori looks to breach the Fed defences in an entertaining exchange but then hooks a poor crosscourt backhand well wide. The Japanese feels the heat, but successfully challenges an incorrect call to avoid double break point. Federer twice misfires wildly, only for Kei to follow suit and take us to deuce. The Swiss goes for a winner up the line, but misses before slapping a crosscourt attempt into the net.
It's far from classic stuff, but the unpredictable nature of it is making it more intriguing than the quality on show would suggest.
BREAK! - FEDERER 6-7 1-1 NISHIKORI. That wasn't in the script.
Federer can't consolidate as he returns the favour to Kei, gifting the Japanese a break back to 15 with more loose hitting.
What a strange match this has been so far!
BREAK! - FEDERER 6-7 1-0 NISHIKORI. That's a shocker from Nishikori and gives Federer in instant lift.
The Japanese opens with an error-strewn service game, offering up triple break point. He manages to save one, but then double faults to hand the advantage to Federer with a big fat bow on it.
SET! - FEDERER 6-7 NISHIKORI. Federer manages to save three set points from 6-1 down, but Kei won't be denied as he takes the tie break 7-4 and edges the opener in 51 minutes.
TB LATEST: Nishikori leads 5-1 at the change of ends. Federer miscues on a trio of forehands to continue the trend that has hampered him for much of the opener. The Swiss needs to hit top gear to turn this breaker around now.
FEDERER 6-6 NISHIKORI. That's some recovery! Kei balloons a volley at the net long and looks in trouble at 0-30. Fed then fires just wide with a backhand up the line before unleashing a stinging crosscourt return that Nishikori somehow reaches and prods up the line on the stretch. The Japanese then finds some decent serves to get over the line an force the TB.
FEDERER 6-5 NISHIKORI. The Swiss recovers from a mid-game blip to turn 30-30 into a solid hold via a crisp backhand up the line and a powerhouse first serve.
Over to Kei now... Can he hold his nerve and take us into a breaker?
FEDERER 5-5 NISHIKORI. Federer tries to up the ante with tasty drop shot and a gorgeous forehand winner down the line. It tests Kei's nerve at 30-30, but the Swiss then blows a forehand return attacking a second serve to let the Japanese off the hook.
FEDERER 5-4 NISHIKORI. The world No.3 retorts with a rapid love hold. Kei will now need to maintain his serving mojo to keep alive his hopes of taking this first set.
FEDERER 4-4 NISHIKORI. Kei drills a trademark backhand up the line that's just too good for Federer to claw back, and it concludes another comfortable hold for the Japanese.
Federer continues to misfire on the return, particularly when attempting to unload off the backhand.
FEDERER 4-3 NISHIKORI. Finally we get a couple of slick exchanges, but Nishikori can't make any inroads as Federer always has the edge. He ghosts into the net with great effect and keeps his nose in front as we enter the business end of the opener.
FEDERER 3-3 NISHIKORI. The world No.9 stays toe-to-toe with Fed, rarely allowing the Swiss to attack as he cruises to the hold to 15.
FEDERER 3-2 NISHIKORI. No such drama for Federer who races through four points on the spin after angering himself with a sloppy double fault on the first point of the game.
This one remains on serve and is still waiting to ignite.
FEDERER 2-2 NISHIKORI. Kei leaves himself with plenty to do when a double fault sees him trail 0-30. But he benefits from some loose hitting from the Swiss and despite being pressed to deuce, manages to come through and hold.
FEDERER 2-1 NISHIKORI. The Japanese world No.9 looks to go on the offensive but gets little change out of Fed-Ex who finds some tasty first serves on his way to another hold to 15.
Three games in and there's been little to engage the crowd with no real rallies of note yet.
FEDERER 1-1 NISHIKORI. Kei follows suit with an equally adept service game. He eases to a game to love to get himself on the board.
FEDERER 1-0 NISHIKORI. That is some splendid minimalist tennis to get Fed up and running. He barely allows Kei a shot as he kicks off with a simple hold to 15.
Here we go; Federer will serve first.
The players come out to typical O2-style fanfare. No surprise to see Federer get the biggest ovation.
Nishikori won the toss and has elected to receive.
The players have been out and about in London over the past few days and even took a ride on the Tube.
Federer joked that instead of travelling on the underground, some of the taller players should have gone on a double-decker bus...
Six-time winner, Federer would like the ATP Finals to remain in London beyond 2020 unless there is a compelling case to move the tournament.
Nishikori: "I felt the finals might be beyond me, especially because of the injuries I had at the start of the year. I didn't have any confidence I'd be in the top 10. It took a while to play good tennis but in the last couple of months I have played really well."
HEAD-TO-HEAD: Federer leads 7-2 in the match-up and has won the last six in a row. They have met twice already this season with the Swiss triumphing in straight sets at the quarter final stage of both the Shanghai and Paris Masters.
Nishikori's last victory came in Miami in 2014.
Federer: "Every tournament I will play for the rest of my life I will have a chance to reach my 100th, but reaching it here in London would be extra special, having achieved so much success here and because of the importance of the tournament."
Earlier, Kevin Anderson got off to a flyer with a straight sets victory over Dominic Thiem in the first match in this pool.
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