Tennis news - Dominic Thiem trounces Kei Nishikori at ATP World Tour Finals
Dominic Thiem beat Kei Nishikori handily at the ATP Finals, 6-1 6-4 for his only win in the group stage of the competition.
The Austrian gave himself a lifeline for the competition, despite losing his first two matches, and could still make the semi-finals - only if Kevin Anderson beats Roger Federer in two sets later tonight and the Swiss wins fewer than five games.
After describing his loss to Federer as 'unacceptable', Thiem put in a much-improved performance, winning the first three games and then breaking once more to take the first set.
"I didn't come into the match with too much pressure," said Thiem in his on-court interview. "I just wanted to show to myself and all the spectators the real Dominic Thiem."
Nishikori has won only one game since beating Federer 7-6(4), 6-3 on Sunday evening, having also lost to Anderson 6-0, 6-1 on Tuesday, and is now out of the tournament.