Kevin Anderson beats Dominic Thiem in group opener — ATP Finals

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"I'm really happy that I've been playing really good tennis for the last couple of months after the U.S. Open and I hope I can have one more good week next week here", he said.

Kevin Anderson overpowered Dominic Thiem 6-3, 7-6 (12/10) to win his ATP Finals opener on Sunday as Roger Federer prepared to launch his bid for the 100th title of his storied career.

No man aside from Federer, Djokovic, Nadal and Andy Murray-and do not be surprised if he also bounces back from surgery with renewed vigour next season as well-have held the No1 ranking for nearly 15 years. If surprise successes in men's tennis are few and far between, London, hosting its 10th edition of the ATP Finals, may not provide one either, because Djokovic has moved on from a will-he-won't-he at the beginning of the year to becoming the man to beat at the end of it.

But when Anderson fashioned a fourth match point with a forehand victor on Thiem's serve, the world number six smashed his 13th ace of the match to secure victory.

"I think I've taken the towel once or twice this year, once in Acapulco and once in Washington when it was like 120 degrees and when it was 150 per cent humidity".

'I grew a lot of confidence by winning a lot of matches in the last three or four months so hopefully I can have a nice season finale [in London]'.

Djokovic has made an incredible comeback following elbow surgery early in the year, overcoming indifferent form to win Wimbledon and the US Open and haul himself back to the number one spot. The O2 Arena has played host to the ATP Finals since 2009 but their contract is due to expire in 2020. "I'm ready to go again now", he said. Djokovic has been nearly unbeatable since June, including two wins over Federer-the latter in one of the thrillers of the year in the semis of the Paris Masters.

"It will be down to who can play the better tennis on the day".

Zverev, 21, has been touted about as one of the leaders of the new generation and has won three Masters titles in his short career but he has flattered to deceive at the Grand Slams. "I don't know what the options are".

"Quite incredible, not just that I was ranked 22".

Roger Federer is aiming to complete a century of titles at the ATP Finals but will likely have to find a way past the irrepressible Novak Djokovic, who is looking to round off his astonishing season in style.

How likely is Federer to get his 100th title in London? If I can keep doing what I'm doing, I will be playing the best tennis I can. "It's a situation I like and I'm going to relish it".

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