Roger Federer hoping to rule London again as he pursues 100th title

Nishikori will be making his fourth appearance at London's O2 Arena where he reached the semi-finals in 2014 and 2016

Nishikori will be making his fourth appearance at London's O2 Arena where he reached the semi-finals in 2014 and 2016

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. "I just feel like this is a great leverage, an opportunity to promote tennis all around the world", he added, suggesting it could move around every few years.

"It seemed to me that Sampras and Agassi had to be out of the picture before Federer gained the confidence to win". "Reflecting on what I've been through in the previous year, it's quite a phenomenal achievement", said Djokovic, who was No. 2 last week and hadn't been No. 1 since November 2016. "And, of course, I'm very, very happy and proud about it".

"I don't want it to move from London, but I just feel the concept of this event is that it is one that travels", the Serb told reporters.

The world No 3 has won four titles this year, including a second consecutive Australian Open, and stands on 99 career singles titles - second only to retired American Jimmy Connors, who amassed 109. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is practicing inside the O2 Arena in London as he gears up for the Nitto ATP Finals, which starts on Sunday.

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That's preceded by the opening doubles match, in which another South African qualifier, the Wimbledon doubles runner-up Raven Klaasen, competes at the ATP Finals for the second time. In fact, the trio of Cilic, Zverev and Thiem collectively won two matches out of nine at the 2017 Finals and crashed out in the round-robin stage. The match marks a rematch of the US Open final where the All-American duo beat them in straight sets.

The two met heads-on in the Wimbledon semi-final.

World No 2 Rafa Nadal and No 4 Juan Martin Del Potro withdrew due to injury, a l lo w i ng Nishikori and Isner to be included as ninth and 10th seeds.

Dominic Thiem has three ATP singles titles on the year. "I've learned that I need to be 100 per cent from the very first ball".

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Fox mixed three birdies, and an eagle - on the par five 10th - with three bogeys, and is tied with South African Branden Grace . The Spaniard, a two-time victor of the event, registered eight birdies in his bogey-free round at Gary Player Country Club.

Kei Nishikori said Friday he was "lucky" to be at the ATP Finals after clawing his way up the rankings following a lengthy injury lay-off to reach for the elite eight-man event in London.

What was to follow this year has seen Nishikori dig deep through perseverance, not giving up his childhood dream of becoming a professional tennis player and pure determination to reach the top of the game again.

Nishikori returned to action in January after a five-month absence due to a right wrist injury and fell to No. 39 in the ATP rankings, his lowest position since 2011.

It has been another long, draining season for these eight men standing.

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