Listen to RFI News
Expand Player
 
Listen Download Podcast
  • Paris Live PM 14h00 - 15h00 GMT
    News bulletin 12/14 14h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 14h00 - 15h00 GMT
    News bulletin 12/13 14h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 14h00 - 15h00 GMT
    News bulletin 12/12 14h00 GMT
To take full advantage of multimedia content, you must have the Flash plugin installed in your browser. To connect, you need to enable cookies in your browser settings. For an optimal navigation, the RFI site is compatible with the following browsers: Internet Explorer 8 and above, Firefox 10 and +, Safari 3+, Chrome 17 and + etc.
Sports

Federer beats Thiem to maintain quest for 100th title

media Roger Federer swept past Dominic Thiem in London/ REUTERS/Aly Song

Roger Federer resurrected his hopes of a seventh crown at the ATP Finals and a 100th career title on Tuesday night with a straight sets victory over Dominic Thiem. The Swiss won 6-2, 6-3 in 66 minutes.

It was Thiem's second loss in the round robin stages of the eight man end of season championships at the 02 Arena in south-east London.

Despite the defeats, the 25-year-old Austrian is still in contention for a spot in the semi-finals. But his qualification will depend on a resounding victory over Kei Nishikori coupled with Kevin Anderson beating Federer in a convincing fashion on Thursday.

Federer lost his opening match on Sunday evening to Nishikori and Thiem suffered the response to that setback. The 37-year-old broke Thiem's serve to lead 2-1 in the opening set and Federer broke again in the seventh game when Thiem's volley slumped into the net.

Thiem lost his serve at the start of the second set and he faltered again when serving at 3-5 down.

"It feels good. I am very happy that I showed a reaction after the last match," Federer said. "Against Kei, instead of seeing things positively, I thought negatively. It was disappointing but it happens.

"I love playing in London and I had to remind myself what a privilege it is. I hope I showed it."

Related
 
Sorry but the period of time connection to the operation is exceeded.