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Federer bounces back from opening game defeat at ATP Finals

Roger Federer bounced back from a disappointing defeat and kept alive his hopes of the 2019 ATP Finals crown by beating Matteo Berrettini on Tuesday.

Six-time champion Federer defeated the Italian debutant 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 at London’s O2 Arena.

The Swiss 20-time Grand Slam champion, who lost to Dominic Thiem on Sunday, made a great step at reaching the semifinals.

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“I did it last year [coming back from an opening-match defeat] so I have some experience but I’m happy with how I played today,” Federer said.

Federer, seeded third, has failed to qualify for the last four on just one occasion in London, and will face Novak Djokovic on Thursday.

Djokovic takes on Thiem in the other singles match later on Tuesday, with the possibility of Thiem qualifying for the semi-finals with victory against Djokovic.

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