12 November, 2018
"It was a pretty cool treat for them", John Isner was quited as saying by the ATP World Tour website. He won two slams and got back to the apex position. "Either it happens or it doesn't", he told Germany's Tennis Magazin this year, referring to the 109.
If Kevin Anderson was one of tennis' "fringe players" 24 months, then his exploits throughout the past two years definitely saw him crack the big time, as he raised his profile and etched his name among the best players in the game.
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.
Federer is aiming to complete a century of titles at the ATP Finals but will likely have to find a way past the irrepressible Djokovic, who is looking to round off his astonishing season in style.
While Djokovic's unexpected and sensational win at Wimbledon was overshadowed by the Fifa World Cup final on the same day, his ascent to No.1 and a possible victory at the ATP Finals should put him back firmly in the spotlight.
"It obviously affected me because I can't be in a group with Novak (Djokovic)", said Federer.
He opened up about Rafael Nadal's withdrawal and how it affected the entire draw.
That said, he would likely need to play on at the top level for another few years to edge ahead of Connors in the standings.
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"I think this is a great opportunity to promote tennis all around the world".
The Serbian mentor Marian Vajda was the best coach of the season.
Nishikori was given the call when Juan Martin del Potro pulled out due to a knee injury. No.6 South African Kevin Anderson, enjoying the best phase of his career at age 32, makes his debut in the tournament and remains its most unsafe floater, while the presence of No.10 John Isner, Nadal's replacement, will increase the chances of at least one marathon match next week.
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.
World number one Novak Djokovic, who heads the Guga Kuerten group, will be in action on Monday against John Isner while Alexander Zverev takes on Marin Cilic.
"I'm really happy that I've been playing really good tennis for the last couple of months after the U.S. Open and I hope I can have one more good week next week here", he said.
Also in the Lleyton Hewitt group, in the early undercard, Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson takes on French runner-up Dominic Thiem. In may, Djokovic thought the end of his career, but in the second half of the year, he's not going to stop.