Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Roger Federer leads fight to keep London

Roger Federer leads fight to keep London

To match Connors, Federer would need two more similarly productive seasons if he were to play through 2020: a reasonable assumption with the Olympics in Tokyo that year and the Olympic gold medal in singles the only major tennis prize Federer lacks. The Serb's 7-6 (6), 5-7, 7-6 (3) win over Federer last week at the Paris Masters was yet another reiteration of the incredibly competitive nature of their matches.

Along with Juan Martin delPotro, the Japanese star was tipped to be one of the guys that would eventually break the stranglehold that Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray had on the men's game for so long.

"It's extra special this season because of the whole journey I've been through the past 15 months, particularly the last eight months, after surgery in February". Federer in straight sets.

The victor of this year's Nitto ATP Finals could receive almost $3 million in prize money.


John Isner, like Anderson, will also be making his debut at the tournament. "Djokovic, Zverev, Cilic, Isner is a pretty rough one". 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.

That followed the injury withdrawal of Del Potro, who reached a career-high ranking of third this season and reached the final of the London event in 2009. Federer, who made it to the finals of the Cincinnati Masters and the Shanghai Masters, has only been able to win the Stuttgart Open on grass and his home tournament in Basel since. "I just feel like there was always a couple of guys maybe just a little bit better during that week".

'I personally have had phenomenal success and I should be the last one talking about moving it anywhere. They all won Slams before Federer [sic: Roddick won his after Federer's first], but didn't go very far. He did beat Sampras at Wimbledon early on but he didn't really win as early as a lot of great champions did. So that makes me feel good about his chances when he does come back. "It just shows you how good Connors was for so long and how much of a great competitor he was", said Darren Cahill, the ESPN analyst who coached the former men's No. 1 Andre Agassi and now coaches the women's No. 1, Simona Halep.

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