It is hard to judge which was the most surreal image on the eve of the ATP World Tour finals in London: Novak Djokovic scrolling through his mobile phone messages on the Jubilee line or the speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, declaring his undying love for Roger Federer in the oil-painted shadow of Betty Boothroyd.
As he slammed back returns from every corner of the court, stretching like a band and focused like a monk, the Swiss had just one wow moment.
Federer really caught the eye at Wimbledon later that year. Where Anderson has an advantage is in their nine tiebreaks, winning six, but particularly when you consider two very evenly matched players, this success is quite variance-driven.
"Lucky for me", he said.
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic were split Friday over whether the season-ending ATP Finals should remain in London after 2020 as tennis chiefs consider where the event should be staged in future.
The Serbian returned to the summit of the rankings after Spain's Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Paris Masters last month.
Thiem reached a career high ranking of world No.4 in November of 2017, and is now ranked just inside of the Top 10 at No.8. Caused a Wimbledon sensation when he defeated first Federer and then in the second longest game in tournament history against Isner final at this level.
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"It turned to out to be a flawless five months of the year, with two Grand Slam titles", he added. Even now I preach to the younger players, "Take time off". I'm going to be the underdog.
Thiem tightened up his game in the second set and looked far more aggressive, with his serving numbers rocketing higher but Anderson held firm to take the set into a tie-break.
KEI NISHIKORI (28/Japan/9): The former US Open Finalist, stepped up for Juan Martin del Potro, who had to cancel due to a knee injury. "It's a very cool way to make an entrance", World No.10, John Isner said.
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are the top billings in the eight-man event and are also placed in different groups increasing their chances of a final meet. Nishikori was a fan of Shuzo, who would later go on to become Nishikori's mentor. Wins over Grigor Dimitrov in the Italian Open, Diego Schwartzman and Marin Cilic at the US Open, Dominic Thiem at the Vienna Open and Kevin Anderson in Paris round out his hit list for the year.
He has been drawn into the Lleyton Hewitt group alongside Kevin Anderson, Kei Nishikori and Dominic Thiem.
Federer is aiming for a 100th career ATP title in London and going by the early judgements, his prime thorn will be Djokovic.