Tennis: Federer faces early ATP Finals exit after Thiem defeat, Djokovic cruises
Six-time champion Federer was beaten 7-5, 7-5 in the evening match on the opening day after Djokovic had swatted aside debutant Matteo Berrettini in the earlier Group Bjorn Borg contest in London.
Federer and Djokovic will meet later in the week in a repeat of this year's epic Wimbledon final, with two players advancing from the four-man group.
The Austrian stuttered while serving for the match, forced to save two break points, but he held his nerve to take the set 7-5 and seal a deserved victory on his second match point.
"I thought Dominic saved himself real well when he had to," said Federer."So I thought he played a tough first-round performance today, and my game was probably just not good enough, and the start didn't help."
Thiem came into the match with a 4-2 winning record against his illustrious opponent but the result is still a surprise. The only time Federer has failed to progress to the knockout stages was in 2008.
Earlier, Djokovic began his quest for a record-equalling sixth ATP Finals title and sixth year-end number one spot a 6-2, 6-1 romp against Berrettini.
Djokovic must reach the final at the O2 Arena to stand any chance of dislodging Nadal but there are major questions over the Spaniard's fitness.
"It feels great to be back," said the Wimbledon champion."Earlier this year I had a great stay in London, and over the years I've played well in this arena."
Nadal, in Group Andre Agassi, begins his campaign on Monday against defending champion Alexander Zverev.Read more: CNA
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