Thiem reflects on his days on the ATP Challenger tour

Tennis: No award, but Kei Nishikori in high spirits on London arrival

Roger Federer believes he has a mental edge over Kei Nishikori on Sunday night at the ATP Finals in London. It's not anything to do with London or the event. It's also their third clash in the last month. Obviously, we know his history, he's won so many titles that's why he's considered the greatest player of all time. "I just feel like this is a great leverage, an opportunity to promote tennis all around the world", he added, suggesting it could move around every few years.

I've always said that I like his style of play and he has one of the best backhands in the game. I'm not going to recommend something that my numbers don't advocate, and I'll be back tomorrow to preview the two matches in the Kuerten group, as well as all week as the tournament continues.

"I'm very happy I won a Slam and very happy I played as well as I did throughout the season". Remarkably, he began his 2018 season playing Challenger events in Newport Beach and Dallas. "He's one of the toughest opponents on the tour".

"Maybe players would then only use (the towel) when they are really sweating".

The Austrian reflected on how his ATP Challenger experiences have prepared him for the big stages.

"I've played well even though I didn't end up winning".

Federer is playing his 16th Finals event, he's made it out of the round-robin in 14 of them, only losing in the before the semifinals just once in 2008.

This evening's match features the tournament second favourite - and favourite for the Hewitt group - Roger Federer, as he meets Kei Nishikori.

South African giant Anderson came into the match with a healthy 6-2 lead over Thiem in head-to-heads but had lost their two most recent meetings, including a straight-sets defeat at the US Open.

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"I've learned a lot from the two previous visits here", said Thiem.

"I never thought it was impossible but I thought it might take more time". This year should be different. But I have a big respect for Nishikori, his backhand is one of the best ones on the Tour. "I'm ready to go again now", he said.

The 28-year-old Japanese will make his fourth ATP Finals appearance and first since 2016.

"I need to focus on what I have to do on the court", said Anderson.

"And if he did, I knew there was a good chance I would play him in the group or the first match, especially if Rafa didn't play".

"I don't think it matters really where I win my 100th, as long as it happens at one point".

"I'm looking forward to the tournament".

In his last trip to London, Anderson reached the finals at Wimbledon.

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