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Federer is through to the semi-final stage after beating Alexander Zverev in three sets, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1.But before finding out who he will face in the next round, Federer faces Cilic on Thursday in the one final round robin match.The Croat cannot qualify for the latter stages having lost both opening matches to Zverev and Jack Sock.However, Cilic will no doubt be keen to end the season on a high by recording a win over the world No 2.
Federer could be forgiven for wanting to reserve some energy for his semi-final match scheduled to take place in either the afternoon or evening session on Saturday.
But Peter Fleming, who won seven Grand Slam Doubles titles in the 1970’s and 1980’s, expects Federer to keep his foot on the gas. I’m not sure that emotionally he will get too involved in that match and if things go the wrong way I don’t think he will be that concerned.But every time he walks on the court he wants to play his best tennis and he’s in a nice rhythm and will want to solidify that rhythm.“He did play a terrible game early in the second set to allow Zverev back in so he will want to eliminate that so it’s almost like a day of practice for him.”
Former British tennis star Greg Rusedski was impressed at how Federer fought back after a dip in form to see of Zverev.
“He is the greatest for a reason in my opinion just because he knows how to get the job done, he knows how to change his tactics, he’s done it all,” he said.Roger Federer is already through to the semi finals at the ATP World Tour Finals but can put the exclamation point on his group performance with a third victory against the 0-2 Marin Cilic. Going 3-0 and eventually undefeated this week will move him very close to the No. 1 spot going into 2018 although realistically Rafael Nadal’s injury woes will have to continue if he is to make it back to the top.
Federer escaped a 0-4 tiebreak hole in the first set of his win over Alexander Zverev before breaking to begin the second. It seemed he wous cruise to victory but the young German didn’t go away easily, breaking back soon after and once more at 6-5 – an impressive feat given Federer’s usual dominance on serve indoors. Federer proved why he was the favourite for the whole tournament by cruising through the third set, winning the last 6 games 9f the match.
Federer compared his performance to his loss in Montreal where Zverev overwhelmed his wounded opponent. “I think I was able to read his forehand this time better than Montreal, where he had a lot of winners forehand and backhand. It was also different types of conditions. It was outdoors. It was warm. Day session. Harder to see the ball, to be honest. So I just think I wasn’t quite reading his plays very well in Montreal, anyway, for a set and a little bit until I hurt my back.” he said. “I think I was able to stay the course and, you know, use my slice quite effectively, then try with variation to go into his forehand.”
Federer may have to adopt a different strategy going into his final match against Cilic with the Croatian’s serve-forehand combo having the potential to cause a lot of trouble on faster surfaces. Including his Wimbledon final loss this year, Cilic is just 1-7 against Federer, his one win coming in a perfect performance at the US Open the year he won it.
At 0-2, Cilic is already out but he will be ruing his inability to close out either of his matches against Jack Sock and Alexander Zverev. He held 3-1 leads in the deciding sets of both matches, showcasing the danger of dropping your level at the very top of the game. “What makes the difference I think with these top guys, if you don’t take the chances, it’s one point here and there.