ATP finals, London: Roger Federer to play Kei Nishikori

Nishikori was ranked outside the Top 200 in January

Nishikori was ranked outside the Top 200 in January

When Djokovic began the year outside the top 10 in the ATP rankings and battling the elbow injury that sidelined him for the second half of 2017, few imagined he would arrive for the season-ender in London back as leader of the pack.

"Having players start their year in Auckland and go on to have such successful seasons is a badge of honour for us". Competent off both wings, a force to be reckoned with on the baseline that allows him to dictate play by manoeuvring his opponent from side to side in order for him to create an opening to ferociously pounce with his shot of choice.

Should the Serbian end his year on a high, he will not only earn as much as 1,500 points to further his lead at the top of the rankings, but he could also increase his prize money lead over Federer. "It's been a good place for us to play to showcase our talents".

Federer will be the night match on Sunday against Nishikori, while the first singles match of the tournament will see Anderson face off against Thiem.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have called off their controversial pre-Christmas exhibition match in Saudi Arabia after the ankle injury that has kept the Spaniard out of London's Nitto ATP Finals.

Last year's victor of course, was Grigor Dimitrov, who entered the tournament for the first time and walked away with $2,549,000 in prize money earnings following his three-set win over David Goffin in the final.

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Through his guidance, Chang became an integral missing jigsaw piece that all of a sudden fitted perfectly to the Nishikori game.

But just like his Argentine counterpart, it has been a career of niggling injuries.

"I feel you can very quickly play top-30 level", Federer replied when quizzed about Federer's return. In 2013, he had knee issues during the early part of the season.

"I've had phenomenal success here and I should be the last one to talk about moving it".

"I won a bunch of tournaments again, played great at the Australian Open". 'Because this event is the biggest event the ATP owns. I know this is the biggest yearly event they have here at the O2. "Maybe until Monte Carlo I was playing terribly and didn't feel like I had any confidence and I wasn't playing good tennis at that time".

Djokovic is in Group Guga Kuerten along with Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and John Isner while Federer is in Group Lleyton Hewitt with Kevin Anderson, Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori.

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