Thiem keeps ATP Finals hopes alive

Austria's Dominic Thiem celebrates winning over Kei Nishikori of Japan, during their Men's Singles match at the ATP Finals at The O2 Arena in London, Thursday Nov. 15, 2018. (John Walton/PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) Dominic Thiem kept alive his chances of reaching the last four at the ATP Finals - and helped out Roger Federer - with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Kei Nishikori on Thursday.

Thiem, who lost both his previous matches at the season-ending tournament, had to win in straight sets to have any hope of advancing at the O2 Arena.

Six-time champion Federer needs to win one set in the late match against Kevin Anderson to advance alongside his South African opponent. If Anderson wins in straight sets, Federer needs five games in total if both sets go to six, or six games in total if one or more sets go to seven.

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2018 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 N. Djokovic 8,045
2 R. Nadal 7,480
3 R. Federer 6,020
4 J. Del Potro 5,300
5 A. Zverev 5,085
6 K. Anderson 4,310
7 M. Cilic 4,050
8 D. Thiem 3,895
9 K. Nishikori 3,390
10 J. Isner 3,155
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2018 WTA Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 S. Halep 6,921
2 A. Kerber 5,875
3 C. Wozniacki 5,586
4 E. Svitolina 5,350
5 N. Osaka 5,115
6 S. Stephens 5,023
7 P. Kvitova 4,630
8 K. Pliskova 4,465
9 K. Bertens 4,335
10 D. Kasatkina 3,415
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