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Federer recovers from opening loss, beat Berrettini at ATP Finals

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Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini during their men’s singles round-robin match on day three of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London on November 12, 2019. – Federer won the match 7-6, 6-3. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

Roger Federer recovered from his opening round-robin defeat to beat Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in straight sets at the ATP Finals.

The Swiss 20-time Grand Slam champion, who lost to Dominic Thiem on Sunday, won 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 to keep alive his hopes of a semi-final place.

Federer seeded third at the O2 Arena, has failed to qualify for the last four on just one occasion in London.

Novak Djokovic takes on Thiem in the other singles match later yesterday.

Thiem is the only player who can qualify for the semi-finals at this stage, needing a victory against Djokovic.

Federer, 38, will face Serbian world number two Djokovic tomorrow, a repeat of July’s marathon Wimbledon final.

The top two players in each group after the round-robin stage progress to the semi-finals on Saturday.
The men’s season-ending event, which is taking place in London for the penultimate year, features the top eight players of the year.

“I did it last year [coming back from an opening-match defeat] so I have some experience but I’m happy with how I played today,” Federer said. “There’s no reason to be down on yourself.

“There were plenty of ways to get through that loss. Just hanging out with my kids did it for me. I didn’t think everything was bad in that first match. I was ready and prepared today and that’s what matters the most.

“I hope I can keep it up and hopefully play a bit better in the next match,” he added.


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