Roger Federer will have Dominic Thiem worry ahead of ATP finals clash

Roger Federer won’t necessarily be feeling overly confident of a win when he takes on Dominic Thiem in his first ATP Finals clash of 2019.

The Swiss veteran has lost four of his six meetings against the Austrian, including their two previous clashes in 2019.

The 26-year-old toppled his 38-year-old opponent at Indian Wells in March, followed by a win over Federer at the Madrid Open in May.

Federer won the first meeting between the pair at the Brisbane Open back in 2016, which wasn’t a good representation of how their following clashes would play out.

Thiem recently, though, bemoaned his draw for the season-ending tournament that will begin in London next week, with matches scheduled against both Federer and Novak Djokovic.

“If you can pick two players who stand out from the others, they are Djokovic and Federer”, Thiem told OTV.

“Federer plays unbelievable tennis on that court, and Djokovic won in Paris.

“So it’s very difficult but my goal is still the same, to reach semifinals, and I will do my best to achieve it.

“I am sure I will be in my best shape of the year and so far I have been doing very well physically.”

Rafael Nadal, who currently tops the rankings, will take on Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the other group, with the Spaniard looking to win the showpiece for the first time.

The 33-year-old had been an injury doubt after a draining season in which he won two Grand Slam titles but fans saw their worries eased when he was pictured training on Thursday.

He posted on Twitter: “Thursday or Friday I will start adapting to the surface.

“The idea is to be able to play the ATP Finals in London.

“Thanks for the support!”

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