Roger Federer threatens the ATP finals in London after an unexpected defeat of the K.o. in the preliminary round. The Swiss record winner defeated the Austrian Dominic Thiem 5: 7, 5: 7 on Sunday evening. Another defeat could mean the end of the elite tournament of the eight best of the year for the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
Previously, Federer's team, named after Björn Borg, had his rival Novak Djokovic start the tournament with a safe victory. The Serb beat Matteo Berrettini of Italy 6: 2, 6: 1 in the afternoon. Djokovic has already won the event five times at the end of the season and with another win he would be equal to Federer (6). In addition, the 32-year-old fights in the O2 arena for the return to world ranking number one. Most recently, Rafael Nadal (Spain), who starts the tournament against defending champion Alexander Zverev (Hamburg) on Monday, overtook him in the ranking.Djokovic almost without any faults Federer had to give up his serve directly against Thiem at the start, acting altogether unusually faulty and losing after another break to 5: 6 the first round. Federer seemed to stabilize in the second half, but lost the lead at the decisive moment. Thiem has now won five out of seven duels with Federer. Djokovic had previously made very few mistakes against Berrettini from the start. In the end, there were eight unforced errors of the favorite 28 against Berrettini. After just 29 minutes, Djokovic won the first set, 33 more needed for the second round. Last year, the 16-time Grand Slam winner lost to Zverev in the final. The winner in London can win up to $ 2.9 million and 1500 World Ranking points. Overall, the tournament is endowed in singles and doubles with about 9 million dollars. Three German winners have so far given: Boris Becker won in 1988, 1992 and 1995, Michael Stich won in 1993, Zverev in the previous year.