Roland Garros finalist Dominic Thiem returns to the roster in London, alongside the revitalised world No.9 Kei Nishikori.
Also, Kevin Anderson has capped a memorable 2018, to sit inside the Top 10 for the first time and follow in the footsteps of countryman Wayne Ferreira with a debut spot at the ATP Finals.
“It’s been a huge goal of mine all year to make London,” said Wimbledon finalist Anderson, who becomes the first South African to feature in the singles draw since 1995. “I’ve said that right from the beginning, so to finally put my name there, it feels fantastic.”
Anderson inflicted a dramatic defeat on Roger Federer at Wimbledon from two sets and match point down. Well, the duo will duel once again in London with the Swiss maestro surely eager to seek revenge.
It’s a tricky passage into the final four for Federer, who illustrated he’s in fine fettle by lifting a 99th career title on home soil in Basel, before a classic Masters 1000 marathon with Djokovic in the Rolex Paris Masters semi-finals.
“I obtained the title in Basel and it gave me a lot of confidence. I saved a lot of breakpoints. I wasn't tense. I wasn't nervous. So, I got used to playing matches again, having points after points you get into your cruising speed,” stated Federer in Paris ahead of a record 16th appearance at the season-ending finale.
“I'm not saying that it is totally different from London. We're going to play against the Top 10 at the first round. It's not simple. body is in shape. Mentally I felt tough.”
The 20-time Grand Slam champion is speaking with authority and certainly played with conviction in Paris.
He’ll need to be back in that groove in east London, where he has reached the final three times without taking home the silverware. All of Federer’s six ATP Finals titles (2003-4, 2006-7, 2010-11) have come at another destination, will that change in 2018?
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