Big ATP Tour Finals for ASB Classic

Lynette Rowe
November 10, 2018

The Spaniard was forced to cut his season short and withdraw from the fall season with knee, abdominal and ankle injuries.

ASB Classic Tournament Director Karl Budge says having players involved in the prestigious end of year event is a real boost for the tournament.

"It seemed to me that Sampras and Agassi had to be out of the picture before Federer gained the confidence to win". "I don't think it matters really where I win my 100th as long as it's going to happen at one point", said the 37-year old. Overall I'm happy with my game. In 2009, Nishikori didn't play any of the Grand Slam events due to a persistent elbow injury.

In April, Nishikori was ranked No 74 in the year-to-date world rankings.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are the two main attractions when the ATP Finals begin in London on Sunday.

That's preceded by the opening doubles match, in which another South African qualifier, the Wimbledon doubles runner-up Raven Klaasen, competes at the ATP Finals for the second time.

Next up is the singles as Alexander Zverev takes on Marin Cilic. Also in his first ever ATP Finals is American veteran John Isner.

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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.

Perhaps the match most indicative of this was his straight-set demolition of Federer on the high-speed courts at the Cincinnati Masters in mid-August. A quarter-final run in Rome and Wimbledon saw him back in the Top 20.

The ATP Finals, as it is now known, began in Tokyo in 1970 and spent six years on the road before a 13-year stint in NY and a six-year stay in Frankfurt before spells in Hanover, Lisbon, Sydney, Houston and Shanghai.

Nadal this week pulled out of the tournament in London - guaranteeing Djokovic will end the season as the world number one. And he was not at 100 per cent.

Novak Djokovic can now add the "Comeback Player of the Year" award to his vast collection of honours and the Serb can complete his remarkable resurgence by winning a record-equalling sixth title at the ATP Finals next week. But "Special K" was quickly back in the mix on the men's tour and made three finals (Vienna, Tokyo, Monte Carlo Masters) this year.

The two men, with 34 Grand Slams between them, are the twin titans at the season-ending event at London's O2 arena.

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