Big ATP Tour Finals for ASB Classic

Tanya Simon
November 10, 2018

But at the same time I feel as a general idea of this event is that it travels more'.

Nishikori has been drawn into "Group Lleyton Hewitt" alongside Federer, Kevin Anderson and Dominic Thiem.

Born and raised in Jo'burg but resident for many years in Florida where his wife Kelsey is from, the 6ft 8in giant reached last year's US Open final, and in July he qualified for the Wimbledon final in the longest semifinal ever.

The future of the ATP Finals remains unresolved and two of tennis' biggest stars Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have opposing views on whether it should move on from London.

'I don't want it to move from London, I just feel like the concept of this event should be the one that travels, ' he said.

Though a exhausted Djokovic fell to young gun Karen Khachanov in the final of the Paris Masters on Sunday, he will once again start as the overwhelming favourite at the Tour Finals.

'But it's been great here, I've enjoyed playing here.

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The 31-year-old, who slipped to 22nd in the world in May, admitted that after his surgery it looked improbable that he would finish the year as number one. "It turned to out to be a flawless five months of the year, with two Grand Slam titles".

This tournament opener is a hard match to call as although Anderson has mostly had the upper hand in this particular rivalry, it is the Austrian who has won both their meetings in 2018.

Federer, who has won the event a record six times, twice in London, said the British capital was the ideal fit.

Djokovic heads the Gustavo Kuerten group and will begin against big-serving American debutant John Isner on Monday before tackling German wunderkind Alexander Zverev, making his second appearance, and Croatian powerhouse Marin Cilic.

The 37-year-old takes on Kei Nishikori for the tenth time.

Zverev, 21, has been touted about as one of the leaders of the new generation and has won three Masters titles in his short career but he has flattered to deceive at the Grand Slams. The conditions at the season finale in London are expected to be slightly heavier, but being indoors, with the elements not playing a part, the setting is ideal for Federer's precisely directed weaponry. "The 6'8" Anderson had battled to victory after being two sets and match points down (in third set) against Federer in the Wimbledon quarter-finals. Recent form just about gives Thiem the edge and his return game could be key in breaking down his South African opponent's chief weapon.

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