Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Rafael Nadal targets revenge over Roger Federer at ATP World Tour Finals

Rafael Nadal targets revenge over Roger Federer at ATP World Tour Finals

When Sock was asked if he was surprised Federer had missed that shot, the American responded that it wasn't the first time he had turned his back like that.

For Zverev, he is the youngest of the group and at 20-years-old, is the youngest to qualify for the ATP Finals since Juan Martin del Potro in 2008. "I hope. And if I didn't believe I can be ready, for me, I wouldn't be here", said the Spaniard, who will also do battle with Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov in the "Pete Sampras" group.

Nadal was presented with the year-end award immediately after Federer began his quest for a seventh ATP Finals title by beating Jack Sock 6-4 7-6 (4) at the O2 Arena yesterday.

The 31-year-old, forced to pull out of the Paris Masters last week with a knee injury, is painfully aware that the ATP Finals is the one major piece of silverware missing from his trophy cabinet and he wants to put that right.

The German took the first set 6-4 but looked to be struggling as he conceded the next 6-3. "I had my chances".

In a weird moment in the middle of the first set, the rookie American, playing in the showpiece event for the first time, hit a poor drop shot, inviting the simplest of put-aways.

The set went with serve thereafter as the Swiss won it 6-4.

Sock started the second set in style, holding to love in a game sealed by a stunning cross-court forehand that left Federer stranded.

Federer coolly took it to a tie-break, where he eased over the line to secure a deserved win. 2 emphasised that the long format did not require much tampering as it helped a player to stretch a lead.

Federer has won a record six titles at the ATP Finals, including two in Houston, two in Shanghai and two in London. "So, I don't have any regrets because I feel like in my stage of my competition, my age, either it comes to me or it doesn't", Federer told reporters. Perhaps I should have aimed at it - the target was bigger than the down-the-line court I had! He didn't quite get the better of his 25-year-old opponent's serve again until the second-set tiebreaker, but that was enough to win the match.

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