Player Profiles — ATP Finals


The ATP, the governing body of men's professional tennis, announced in August the opening of an worldwide tender process to determine the future location of the season finale featuring the world's best eight qualified singles players and doubles teams.

Amnesty International had urged Nadal and Djokovic not to play.

In terms of a contest, nothing works better than the Federer-Djokovic duel. I knew that if they were doing well and I was doing well, I would have struggled.

The Japanese player, who has won 11 singles titles, will be hoping for a first title of 2018 at the season-ending event. The top two in each group progress to the knockout semifinals. "You don't get any presents when you're playing against the Top 8".

"Novak is obviously on a roll, you can feel it", he said after the Paris loss. I think the options are clearly important to look at. "And, of course, I'm very, very happy and proud about it". It's better than it was in Basel.

"I didn't want to play there at that time".

The two players had been due to meet in Jeddah's King Abdullah Sports City on December 22 but faced calls to withdraw following the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the country's consulate in Istanbul last month. His rise to the No. 1 spot, after being outside the top 20 as recently as in July, has been meteoric. "It turned out to be a ideal five months".

The 31-year-old was dumped out of the US Open in the second round. Federer in straight sets. At Cincinnati, Federer hadn't lost in seven final appearances and hadn't suffered a service break since 2013.

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

Does all this mean that the other six men in the fray at the Finals will be reduced to supporting actors or is there a pleasant surprise in store like Grigor Dimitrov's triumph past year?

John Isner, like Anderson, will also be making his debut at the tournament. Thiem has recorded two wins in two editions so far. He reached his first ATP Masters 1000 final in Toronto, and won his first title in Stockholm, as well as reached the fourth round at Wimbledon.

After starting the year off with wins in the Australian Open and the Rotterdam Open, where he became the oldest No. 1 in tennis history, the Swiss underwent a poor run of form that saw him drop down the rankings.

"I've had phenomenal success here and I should be the last one to talk about moving it". There were Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Marat Safin.

If I (have not won a Major), it is because I could not make it, regardless of whether I deserved it or not. He did beat Sampras at Wimbledon early on but he didn't really win as early as a lot of great champions did.

"It's going to be interesting to see how he comes back but I'm confident it's not going to be a problem if he returns at 100%".