Federer books semis berth — ATP Finals

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Julien Benneteau believes Roger Federer is given favourable match times at the Australian Open.

Australian Open organisers have disputed claims from Julien Benneteau that Roger Federer receives favourable scheduling due to "disturbing conflicts of interest".

Benneteau noted Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley's involvement in the Laver Cup, a September exhibition event launched by, among others, Tennis Australia and Federer's management agency Team8.

The only way Djokovic doesn't win the Gustavo Kuerten group (and play Anderson, not Federer on Saturday) is if the Serb loses to Cilic and Isner beats Zverev. Maybe Wimbledon and the US Open didn't go the way I was hoping, but those were really the only two disappointments of the season. "I won't let that get in my head, make me go insane, because it should be something I'm excited about and not something I should feel extra pressure". Sometimes they come ask, sometimes they don't. Sometimes they ask me, 'Agent wants you to play at night?' So, sometimes, we have our say. But I asked to play Monday at the US Open.

"But I always wanted to go out with a bang, win the match and if I go through, great". I'm thrilled to be in the semis. 'I think there is a lot of quality in the new generation. Sometimes they come ask, sometimes they don't. "I don't think there is a tournament director in the world who doesn't take those factors into account when setting the schedule".

Federer struck first when Anderson dropped serve to fall behind 4-3, although the Swiss world No. 3 immediately handed the break back due to costly unforced errors.

Roger Federer plays a backhand during his singles round robin match against Dominic Thiem during Day Three of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 Arena on November 13, 2018, in London.

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The Swiss once again brushed aside the passing of time with a vintage display, beating Anderson 6-4 6-3 to reach the semi-finals for the 15th time in 16 appearances at the event.

Federer has sought to play down expectation of reaching the landmark in a city where he has enjoyed particular success, but is now two wins away from moving within nine titles of Jimmy Connors' record.

Dominic Thiem having lost his two opening matches in the Lleyton Hewitt group to Kevin Anderson and Roger Federer badly needed a win to keep alive his slim chances of making it through to the semi-finals.

Thiem admitted he was not holding his breath and from the moment Federer took the first set it was just a case of whether the second seed or Anderson would top the group. "I am happy I am getting a chance to play him again and have a rematch [from Wimbledon]".

"That was a little bit disappointing because I felt like I played some really good tennis so far", Anderson said.

To a collective sigh of relief around the O2 Arena, Roger Federer sealed his place in the last four of the Nitto ATP Finals before his match on Thursday evening had even finished.

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