After the second day action at the ATP Finals in the Lleyton Hewitt group, all four players are still in contention for the place in the semi-final but there's one name that stands out above the other three rivals. We have seen four straight sets matches in this group so far and Kevin Anderson has made the best possible debut at the ATP Finals, beating Dominic Thiem in the opening encounter and dropping just one game in a mighty impressive win over Kei Nishikori to top the standings.
Kei Nishikori was off to a great start, ousting pale Roger Federer before that terrible loss on Tuesday against Anderson to reduce his chances of moving forward. Roger Federer recovered his form before the clash against Dominic Thiem, beating the Austrian in straight sets to earn much-needed points and improve his score in the second round robin matches to 16-0 at this tournament! In the last round of the round robin matches on Thursday, Kei Nishikori and Dominic Thiem will seek that last chance of reaching the semis (the Austrian is in a really tough position) while Kevin Anderson takes upon Roger Federer in the evening match in what promises to be a real cracker.
After his 6-0 6-1 win over Nishikori, Kevin Anderson has pretty much secured the place in the semis and he only needs to win a set against Roger to reach the last four. If Thiem beats Nishikori and Federer topples Anderson, Roger and Kevin will move on but things will get much more complicated if Nishikori and Federer both score wins in straight sets, although Anderson is safe in that calculations as well due to highest % of games won.
If Nishikori and Federer score wins in three sets Roger will be out and the Swiss could lose the semi-final spot if both Anderson and Thiem celebrate straight sets wins. Lleyton Hewitt Group scenarios before the third round robin matches: