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Federer vs Thiem, ATP Finals, November 17. Preview, odds

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Losers of the ATP Finals opening matches – Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem – will face each other on Tuesday evening.

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While Thiem’s a straight-set defeat won’t have come as the unexpected surprise, the way of Federer’s loss was simply unpredictable.

The 37-year-old Swiss had never before lost any of his previous 45 round-robin matches in straight sets, but he seemed to be powerless to show his best form against Kei Nishikori.

Federer cancelled a practice session on Monday, prompting talks about his physical condition, although the organizers of the ATP Finals are confident that he is not going to leave the tournament.

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Thiem failed to make a breakthrough against Wimbledon finalist Anderson, but he will hope to continue in a similar vein to his performance.

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The world No 1, Novak Djokovic, is a favorite of the tournament, raising his chances for success after an impressive win against John Isner on Monday.

The latest ATP Finals odds from top bookmakers: 

Roger Federer (SUI)
1.34
Dominic Thiem (AUT)
3.30
Kevin Anderson (RSA)
2.25
Kei Nishikori (JPN)
1.65

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