Roger Federer will be aiming to claim his 100 title at the 2018 ATP World Tour Finals and his seventh at the same event having been crowned champion at the season-ending finale in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011. The American, who won eight Grand Slams, was at his most productive in 1976, racking up an astonishing 12 titles.
Given his current level of dominance, it would be no surprise to see Djokovic go on to add many more titles to his already stacked trophy cabinet and though he remains six majors behind Federer, he is also six years younger than the 37-year-old Swiss. He appears to have a good week left in him - freed of the obligation to play in the December exhibition in Saudi Arabia against Rafael Nadal - and begins his campaign for a sixth title on Monday evening against Isner.
"It obviously affected me because I can't be in a group with Novak (Djokovic)", said Federer. The Serb, who from Wimbledon forward had a formidable path with only two defeats, will try to reach the six (record) titles of the Swiss Maestro.
Djokovic, on the other hand, has had a sensational return to form since the Wimbledon.
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.
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Unsurprisingly, Federer is a heavy favourite, with the Exchange now pricing the Swiss legend at [1.29], although I think this is a little short.
The ATP Finals is the tournament that will close the ATP tennis season. Not just because of the rankings, being No22, but also because of how I felt on the court and how I played. The second of the 2018 tennis season has been incredibly kind to the Serbian.
Nishikori was given the call when Juan Martin del Potro pulled out due to a knee injury. "It's a very cool way to make an entrance", World No.10, John Isner said.
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. Fans can continue relishing the rivalry among the three men who could each lay claim for being the greatest of all time.
Group Lleyton Hewitt consists of Federer, Kevin Anderson, Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori while Group Guga Kuerten comprises of Djokovic, Zverev, Cilic and John Isner. Wins over Grigor Dimitrov in the Italian Open, Diego Schwartzman and Marin Cilic at the US Open, Dominic Thiem at the Vienna Open and Kevin Anderson in Paris round out his hit list for the year. In may, Djokovic thought the end of his career, but in the second half of the year, he's not going to stop.