Spectacular Anderson thrashes Nishikori

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13 Nov 2018, 22:00 IST
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Kevin Anderson celebrates victory over Kei Nishikori on the O2 Area.

Kevin Anderson made it two from two on the ATP Finals in emphatic style, crushing a surprisingly out-of-sorts Kei Nishikori 6-0 6-1 in London.

The opening singles conflict on Tuesday’s schedule on the O2 Area pitted the highest two in Group Lleyton Hewitt towards one another, but what unfolded was a one-sided contest that spanned simply 64 minutes.

Nishikori failed to duplicate his efficiency in Sunday’s upset win over Roger Federer, barely placing his rival underneath any stress as he dedicated 24 unforced errors.

Anderson confirmed no mercy, avenging a straight-sets loss of their current assembly on the Paris Masters in fashion to place himself in pole place to make the final 4 of this yr’s season-ending occasion.

The large-serving South African threatened to file a double-bagel consequence, although his opponent at the very least dodged that embarrassment by holding serve within the penultimate sport of the second set.

Nonetheless, Nishikori was a shadow of the participant who toppled six-time champion Federer lower than 48 hours earlier within the English capital.

It was a shock to see Anderson want three set-point alternatives to clinch the opener, albeit he sealed it in fashion with a forehand return on the stretch that clipped the highest of the web.

Nishikori left the courtroom after falling behind however the break did not see a change in fortunes for the Japanese, who continued to make a slew of careless errors.

He at the very least prevented struggling the heaviest defeat of his profession – this consequence matches a loss by the hands of Robin Soderling in Stockholm a decade in the past – drawing ironic cheers from the group when a intelligent sliced backhand sealed the sixth sport of the second set.

Nonetheless, it was solely a case of delaying the inevitable, a weak backhand return following a booming first serve from Anderson within the subsequent sport placing the world quantity 9 out of his distress.

Anderson will qualify for the semi-finals with a match to spare if both Dominic Thiem upsets Federer in Tuesday’s late sport or the Swiss triumphs in three units.

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN 
Anderson [4] bt Nishikori [7] 6-Zero 6-1

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Anderson – 15/12
Nishikori – 10/24

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Anderson – 10/0
Nishikori – 2/2

BREAK POINTS WON
Anderson – 7/12
Nishikori – 0/0

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Anderson – 78
Nishikori – 45

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Anderson – 82/63
Nishikori – 50/37

TOTAL POINTS
Anderson – 56
Nishikori – 29

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