Roger Federer recorded his second straight Group B win on Tuesday at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. The second seed and six-time champion at the season finale defeated fourth seed Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 for his 70th match win of the year, which includes fifth trophies. He is also attempting to become year-end Number One in the ATP Rankings for the sixth time.
The Swiss hit 11 winners, including four aces, in the 35-minute first set against Nishikori, who had strapping applied to his right wrist at the changeover at 4-1. Federer saved two break points in a 14-point third game, prior to breaking the Japanese to 30. He then broke again in the third and seventh games of the second set.
Federer has never lost his second round robin match (13-0) at the season finale. If he were to qualify for his 12th semi-final, it would tie the record of Ivan Lendl . He would also be the oldest player to advance to the last four since 2003 runner-up Andre Agassi.
When asked about Federer’s performance, Nishikori said, “I never feel that he’s 33 right now. He still looks young and plays amazing tennis.” Nishikori, the first Asian player to qualify for the World Tour Finals , has a 1-1 record in round-robin play so far and will face Milos Raonic in his final group match on Thursday.