Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic divided over future venue for ATP Finals

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic divided over future venue for ATP Finals

Javier Howell
November 12, 2018

It will only get harder for Federer to reach the finish lines, but he, like Connors, is an exceptional talent with exceptional footwork and staying power, and, for the moment, they have a strikingly similar gap between their first and last tour titles. "I'm extraordinarily happy to have won 99 - I'm happy I won the amount of matches and tournaments this year to get me there".

As Federer sought the old magic-which comes in bits and pieces these days because the body cannot achieve what the mind believes it can at age 37-Djokovic played the game he knows best, one of negligible errors.

Isner said of facing Djokovic on nittoatpfinals.com: "I'm going up against the number one player in the world".

ROGER FEDERER (37/Switzerland/3): The exception-rounder is aiming for seventh title at the ATP Finals and the 100.

Before the start of the Final tournament ATP according to tradition, handed out awards to the best players and coaches of the past season.

Last five tournaments: Paris Masters - semi-finals, Swiss Indoors Basel - champion, Shanghai Masters - semi-finals, US Open - last 16, Cincinnati Masters - runner-up.

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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.

While Djokovic's unexpected and sensational win at Wimbledon was overshadowed by the Fifa World Cup final on the same day, his ascent to No.1 and a possible victory at the ATP Finals should put him back firmly in the spotlight. Everyone I'm going to play this week is ranked ahead of me so it's a pretty unique spot that I'm in. I mean (Frances) Tiafoe takes the towel after every point and (Stefanos) Tsitsipas takes the towel after an ace or double fault. The second of the 2018 tennis season has been incredibly kind to the Serbian. "I think the options clearly are also important to look at".

But the tournament, which starts on Sunday, lacks an element of star power without the injured Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro, both of whom were forced to pull out of the season finale. No.6 South African Kevin Anderson, enjoying the best phase of his career at age 32, makes his debut in the tournament and remains its most risky floater, while the presence of No.10 John Isner, Nadal's replacement, will increase the chances of at least one marathon match next week.

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.

Djokovic is playing in the group named after Brazilian player Guga Kuerten and is joined by Germany's Alexander Zverev, Croatia's Marin Čilić and Isner.

Nadal now has 80 singles titles to his name, including 11 French Open wins and, aged just 32, could conceivably move up the list in years to come.