Federer, Djokovic top the bill for London finale

Federer, Djokovic top the bill for London finale

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.

"I think if they stay (in London) it's definitely a good choice", the 37-year-old 20-times Grand Slam champion told a new conference on Friday as he prepared for his 16th appearance. Irrespective of whether he wins loses or doesn't play, people can not find a reason to hate him. Federer won his 99th ATP title in Basel, his home and bid for his 100th in Paris before he ran into Djokovic in the final, which extended his wait.

Federer surpassed Pete Sampras' tally of Grand Slam wins at Wimbledon in 2009 and would break the American's Wimbledon record by winning his eighth title there in 2017. The season-ending tournament which features the top-8 players in the world will see all the highest ranked players in participation but for Rafael Nadal who has pulled out due to injury and ended his season as well.

"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".

"But there was always a part of me that believed I could make it back and I never thought it was impossible". Against Kevin and Kei, I've had matches this year, which went both ways.

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The Serbian mentor Marian Vajda was the best coach of the season.

Nishikori, a 2-time semifinalist in London, qualified for the event after Juan Martin del Potro withdrew. 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 risky 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 and Djokovic are the top seeds in London and are hoping to finish their respective seasons with a final piece of silverware. After scooping the Wimbledon title, Djokovic has won the Cincinnati Masters, US Open, Shanghai Masters and Paris Masters, making him the hot favourite to win the ATP Finals title.

Debutant Kevin Anderson made a confident start to his ATP Finals campaign with a straight-set win over Dominic Thiem in their group opener.

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. If surprise successes in men's tennis are few and far between, London, hosting its 10th edition of the ATP Finals, may not provide one either, because Djokovic has moved on from a will-he-won't-he at the beginning of the year to becoming the man to beat at the end of it.