Published: Mon, November 12, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Federer, Djokovic clash over ATP Finals future

Federer, Djokovic clash over ATP Finals future

He became only the third ever player qualify after winning an ATP Challenger Tour title, which he picked up at The RBC Tennis Championships of Dallas in February.

Germany's number one Alexander Zverev is the second Time in the series, but only as an outsider.

The Swiss maestro will not be able to replace Djokovic at the top of the rankings with the Serb guaranteed to hold the coveted year-end number one spot. Also because of the Spaniard Rafael Nadal is missing injured. Not surprisingly, all of them involved Novak Djokovic, who is tennis' flavour of the season once again after a prolonged break from the limelight.

Federer is aiming for a 100th career ATP title in London and going by the early judgements, his prime thorn will be Djokovic.

However, Djokovic thinks the competition could benefit from touring around the world.

JOHN ISNER (33/USA/10): The mark-up giant from the United States of America came in for the injured Rafael Nadal to the field of participants.

For the last couple of years Federer has also chosen to skip the entire clay court season to focus on other surfaces and, understandably, does not enter as many tournaments as he used to.

The then 19-year-old, who was seeded seventh for that tournament, defeated Frenchman Julien Boutter in the final to claim his first title. The Japanese will be playing in the tournament for a fourth time after an encouraging season, though he has not won a tournament since 2016. Anderson bounced back from two sets to love down to defeat the reigning champion at Wimbledon in July en route to his maiden final. For many years one of the world's top, stand at the beginning of the year at the Australian Open in the finals. Federer won his 99th ATP title in Basel, his home and bid for his 100th in Paris before he ran into Djokovic in the final, which extended his wait.

Djokovic returns the ball to Russia's Karen Khachanov during the men's singles final tennis match of the Rolex Paris Masters on 4 November.

KEVIN ANDERSON (32/South Africa/6): How Isner debutant at the ATP world Championships at the age of 32.

"Next to the Grand Slams and the ATP Finals, being No1 is probably the ultimate challenge in our sport".

He is joined by Nishikori, Austria's Dominic Thiem and South Africa's Kevin Anderson. The news Agency APA said: "It is a singing - and-out in the group phase of the sound up to a tournament victory, everything is possible".

Nishikori, a 2-time semifinalist in London, qualified for the event after Juan Martin del Potro withdrew.

Federer is playing his 16th Finals event, he's made it out of the round-robin in 14 of them, only losing in the before the semifinals just once in 2008.

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