Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic disagree over future of ATP Finals

He fell to Marin Cilic in the final of the 2014 US Open He fell to Marin Cilic in the final of the 2014 US Open
Cassandra Castillo | 11 November, 2018, 03:29

By the time he reached the US Open final in 2014, he had already won three ATP titles and beaten Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

"It's really only Novak who can say "If I play as well as I have the last three months then maybe I can win the ATP Finals as well", the Swiss, who begins in Lleyton Hewitt group against Japan's Kei Nishikori on Sunday, told reporters.

But world number one Djokovic, who has won the event five times - four times in London - said he was in favour of moving the tournament around to promote the sport.

"I'm extraordinarily happy to have won 99 (titles) - I'm happy I won the amount of matches and tournaments this year to get me there". Chang's calm aura in Nishikori's players box and only visibly being animated when deeming it necessary, along with his coaching expertise to encourage Nishikori to be more offensive when the opportunity presented itself took him to new heights.

Djokovic looks the man most likely to deny Federer a 100th Tour title, having resumed the dominance he displayed in 2011, 2015 and 2016. John Isner will replace Nadal in the ATP Finals field.

Nadal announced on Twitter that he is done for the year, citing the stomach muscle issue that forced him to withdraw from last week's Paris Masters.

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"In this way I hope to be in full condition for the next season".

London has hosted the tournament since 2009 and is contracted to keep it until at least 2020, while the capital city remains one of the frontrunners to host the event beyond then. "It turned to out to be a ideal five months of the year, with two Grand Slam titles".

On the way to the final, Nishikori cut through the competition, defeating Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and Tomas Berdych.

Isner hopes to make a similar impact to compatriot Jack Sock, who reached the semis on his debut previous year before losing to eventual champion Grigor Dimitrov. "Been pretty close throughout my career, but it never happened".

'I feel like he's very quickly played a top 30 level, ' said Federer of what he saw from Murray this summer. He's had an incredible second half to the year. "However, since the problem in the abdominal muscle also prevents me from playing in London, we take advantage of the moment to remove the free body and avoid future problems", the Spaniard explained.

Anderson is the other debutant and will become the first South African in 23 years to grace the season-ender.

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