Back on top, Djokovic eyes sixth ATP Finals crown

Back on top, Djokovic eyes sixth ATP Finals crown

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.

Roger Federer would like the ATP World Tour Finals to remain in London beyond 2020 unless there is a compelling case to move the tournament. "He protects his serve very well".

"It turned to out to be a ideal five months of the year, with two Grand Slam titles", he added. "Five months ago, if you told me was highly improbable at that time, considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court".

The 31-year-old looked tired in his defeat to the Russian big-hitter Karen Khachanov in the Paris Masters final, but there is no denying that he is back to his sliding, defending, counter-punching best. The match marks a rematch of the US Open final where the All-American duo beat them in straight sets. At Cincinnati, Federer hadn't lost in seven final appearances and hadn't suffered a service break since 2013. His coach, Marian Vajda, was named ATP Coach of the Year.

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But he was once again unable to safely negotiate the par-four eighth, following his first-round bogey with a double bogey Friday. Sergio Garcia made a brilliant start as he eyes back-to-back titles, shooting his lowest round in Sun City for 17 years.

He sported a poppy, the symbol the British wear at this time of year to honour those who died in the world wars, and exalted in being a tourist in London, though his hotel room opposite the Houses of Parliament offers a view onto scaffolding and cladding round Big Ben, rather than the clock itself. Thiem and Alexander Zverev makeup the rising stars in this year's field.

He has been slotted with his Wimbledon tormentor Kevin Anderson in the group stage. I expect the match between Zverev and Cilic to be the eventual quarterfinal. Bulgarian Dimitrov, who climbed to a career-high No. 3 after winning in London past year, hasn't even made it, slipping to No. 19 in the world. No; this is definitely a more open group than the other one. "We've always been proud of our ability to bring some of the world's best talent to New Zealand, and having players go on and qualify for the Finals just emphasises that" said Budge.

But Jimmy Connors's Open-era men's record of 109 titles has hardly been Federer's white whale, some career-long obsession that has kept him up nights or inspired him to do a round of extra sprints in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with the fitness coach Pierre Paganini.

However, London's O2 Arena faces serious competition from around the globe, with more than 40 cities thought to have expressed an interest in taking it away from the UK.

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