Roger Federer proves he is the Great Survivor of tennis as demolition of Dominic Thiem keeps ATP Finals hopes alive

ROGER FEDERER proved he is the Great Survivor of tennis as he remains alive in the Nitto ATP Finals.

The Swiss star recently spent time away from the court with TV adventurer Bear Grylls, gorging on fish eyeballs, turning tennis racquets into snows shoes and abseiling down a frozen waterfall.

 Roger Federer beat Dominic Thiem 6-2 6-3 at the O2 Arena

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Roger Federer beat Dominic Thiem 6-2 6-3 at the O2 Arena

And in a key match that would ultimately seal his fate, Federer brushed aside any dangers to thrash Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-2 6-3 in the group stages at the O2 Arena.

The 37-year-old made amends for his shock defeat to Japan’s Kei Nishikori on Sunday and he said: “I’m happy I showed a reaction after the last match.

“It’s not something I’m used to: losing a game and then having to come back straightaway.

“I guess it was one of those days where you wake up and you feel good and then all of a sudden, you just can’t produce what you are used to.”

Roger Federer eats raw fisheye and more on Running Wild with Bear Grylls

 Roger Federer recently appeared on Running Wild with Bear Grylls

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Roger Federer recently appeared on Running Wild with Bear Grylls
 Federer ate fish eyeballs among other challenges on the survival show

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Federer ate fish eyeballs among other challenges on the survival show
 Federer pictured abseiling with survival expert Bear Grylls

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Federer pictured abseiling with survival expert Bear Grylls

Asked about his appearance on Running Wild with Bear Grylls, Federer added: “I had a good time. Now, if it came across good or not, that's up to the people to decide. He's a great guy. Super friendly, super positive as well.

“He wrote me, too. He was excited it was airing. He wanted me also to show a reaction today because he wasn't happy with what he saw.

“I thought it was a great trip. I'm happy I did it. I'm happy it finally aired here in Britain, as well. I hope the people enjoyed it.”

Federer, who breezed through in 66 minutes and enjoyed four breaks of serve, will now face giant Kevin Anderson on Thursday.

 Roger Federer found his form after Sunday's shock loss the Kei Nishikori

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Roger Federer found his form after Sunday's shock loss the Kei Nishikori
 Federer must now beat Kevin Anderson to reach the semi-finals

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Federer must now beat Kevin Anderson to reach the semi-finals

The South African, making his debut at this event, embarrassed Nishikori 6-0 6-1 in the afternoon session to maintain his 100% start to the tournament.

Federer lost an epic five-setter to Anderson at the Wimbledon quarter-finals and he said: “I want revenge.

“I only hope I don’t play the Kevin that came out earlier. It’s never easy to play against himself in indoors. He can serve well for a long time.”

Jamie Murray and Brazilian partner Bruno Soares reached the semi-finals for the third successive year after they beat Colombians Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal 6-4 6-3.

Roger Federer gets upset after losing to Kei Nishikori at the Australian Open 2017

ROGER FEDERER proved he is the Great Survivor of tennis as he remains alive in the Nitto ATP Finals.