- Roger Federer loses his opening game at the ATP Finals against Dominic Thiem 5: 7, 5: 7.
- It is already the 3rd defeat this year for the "Maestro" against the Austrian.
- The second match of the group BjOrn Borg clearly decides Novak Djokovic against Matteo Berrettini.
Roger Federer (ATP 3) misses the start at the ATP Finals in London. The Basel bidder cashed right at the beginning of the match and was in reserve against Thiem (ATP 5) at the latest after the loss of the starting set.
As in the first round, Federer had to give up his serve in the second set at the score of 5: 5. Thiem decided the important points for the evening mostly for himself. "Thiem played well, and in the end my game was just not good enough," said Federer in retrospect. And further:
This is the first round hiccup, because you meet with the service just not so good the corners and play the Halbvolley not just as easy as in a semi-final.
Federer does not use opportunities
Federer was equal to the Austrian over the entire game. He only got 5 points less than Thiem. However, he only used one of 4 break chances. Thiem prevented in a spectacular rally the break to 1: 3 in the 2nd set.
Later Federer forgave in the decisive phase of their two at the score of 5: 6 in his view. After 100 minutes he finally had to bow to the 26-year-old Viennese. The 38-year-old Federer already conceded the 3rd defeat in a row against Thiem. This year, the Basel bid had beaten in both Indian Wells and Madrid in 3 sets.
Federer already in reserve
Will Federer reach the semi-finals, he must first beat Matteo Berrettini. He probably also needed a win against Novak Djokovic, who made a confident impression in his opening match.
For Federer in view of the special mode at the year-end tournament is still nothing lost. At the 17th participation, he lost his opening game for the 5th time. Only once did he not reach the semi-finals afterwards. Also in the last year Federer was started with a defeat against Kei Nishikori into the tournament and won then the next two group plays.
Broadcast reference: SRF two, sportlive, 10.11.2019, 21:00 clock