Federer Opens Play Sunday At ATP Finals; Anderson v Thiem

Djokovic celebrates beating Roger Federer in the semi-final of the Rolex Paris Masters

"It's the last step so if you do well you end up on the big tour".

As he slammed back returns from every corner of the court, stretching like a band and focused like a monk, the Swiss had just one wow moment.

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.

"I'm satisfied, of course (with this week)", said Djokovic in the post-match press conference in Paris last Sunday.

For now, with the ATP Finals about to begin in London on Sunday, Connors's record is visible on the horizon, but hardly close enough to touch for Federer.

The two alternates in London are 22-year-old Karen Khachanov, who stunned Djokovic to win the Paris Masters last weekend, and 21-year-old Borna Coric.

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.

He has returned sensationally in 2018, winning both the Wimbledon and US Open Grand Slam titles. "I just thought at the time it might take more time than I wished it to be".

"I'm just here to play my best tennis and do things on my side, if I can do that then I give my self the best chance". "I'm going to be No.1 tomorrow officially".

Kei Nishikori qualified for the tournament, which starts at the O2 arena tomorrow, as a result of the withdrawal of Juan Martin del Potro due to a right knee injury. The ATP Finals is one of the wealthiest tournaments on the tour in terms of prize money and on a par with the Grand Slams. It's a very cool way to make an entrance.

They are divided into two groups for the round-robin stage with the top two from each qualifying for Saturday's semi-finals. Nishikori was a fan of Shuzo, who would later go on to become Nishikori's mentor.

This evening's match features the tournament second favourite - and favourite for the Hewitt group - Roger Federer, as he meets Kei Nishikori.

"I don't see a reason to change, unless there is somebody else, a city that really wants it badly and is willing to come in and really support the Tour in a major way for many years, like what we saw with Shanghai and also maybe with London in the beginning".

Zverev, who opens against Marin Cilic on Monday and will also face big-serving John Isner, said the shoulder injury that has dogged him during the European indoor season has improved.

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



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