Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

ATP Tour Finals Day One: Market relatively accurate for both clashes

ATP Tour Finals Day One: Market relatively accurate for both clashes

"I'm also curious to find out what is going to happen afterwards because you have to protect the tour and what's best for the players moving forward".

Kei Nishikori, Dominic Thiem, John Isner, Kevin Anderson, Marin Cilic and Alexander Zverev, as well as Djokovic and Federer are all set to play in the event.

"By winning the Australian Open I was pretty much in a good position throughout after that, so I was very happy how I played throughout the entire season".

"We knew we was going to be in a group with Federer or Djokovic so it was going to be tough either way", he told the press.

There were naysayers who suspected that Federer's first time under the knife would mark the end of an already remarkable career as he headed to his 35th birthday, but then the Swiss star's career was not your average one.

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.

Djokovic has made an incredible comeback following elbow surgery early in the year, overcoming indifferent form to win Wimbledon and the US Open and haul himself back to the number one spot.

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'I grew a lot of confidence by winning a lot of matches in the last three or four months so hopefully I can have a nice season finale [in London]'. Evert's and Navratilova's gargantuan totals are a reflection of just how long they dominated and how many tournaments they played each year.

Djokovic is the overwhelming favourite to win the title, however, Federer, as he showed in the semifinal loss against the Serb in Paris a week ago, will go in all guns blazing in search of his 100th title.

"It will be down to who can play the better tennis on the day".

The 20-time Grand Slam champion is competing in the ATP Finals for the 15th time, taking out one Grand Slam and three ATP Masters titles in 2018. When I do that, I know I can beat anybody. "It's been a very enjoyable few days so far, not just for me but also my team".

For now, with the ATP Finals about to begin in London on Sunday, Connors's record is visible on the horizon, but hardly close enough to touch for Federer. Djokovic is looking to equal Federer with his sixth title at the O2, while the Swiss has another big target in view, his 100th career title. The main priority is the tennis, but as I arrived here a week before the start, it's important for me to train and then be able to switch off and do something else - visiting attractions.

It has taken Federer longer to hit cruising speed in the second half of 2018, perhaps in part because of a hand injury.

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