Tennis ace Kevin Anderson out to gain revenge at ATP Finals

Doug Mendoza
November 10, 2018

Djokovic has finally overtaken Rafael Nadal to regain the No. 1 spot, and will be the outright favorite going into this tournament.

"I'm extraordinarily happy to have won 99 (titles) - I'm happy I won the amount of matches and tournaments this year to get me there". Connors said recently. "Would I like 109 to live forever?"

'I feel like he's very quickly played a top 30 level, ' said Federer of what he saw from Murray this summer.

"I love playing this event".

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.

The schedule for Sunday 11 November and Monday 12 November of the ATP World Tour finals has been released.

After admitting he returned too soon from elbow surgery in February, his game clicked into gear at Wimbledon where he beat Nadal in a classic semi-final then swept past Kevin Anderson to the title.

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Anderson opens his account on Sunday against Thiem at London's O2 Arena in a rematch of their fourth-round clash at the 2018 US Open, which Thiem won in straight sets.

On the way to the final, Nishikori cut through the competition, defeating Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and Tomas Berdych.

John Isner, like Anderson, will also be making his debut at the tournament.

Since then Wayne Ferreira and Amanda Coetzer have reached Slam semi-finals but never a final, while Liezel Huber and Wesley Moodie have won major doubles titles.

Though not debutants, Thiem and Cilic will hope to make a mark at the season finale this year.

World No 2 Rafa Nadal and No 4 Juan Martin Del Potro withdrew due to injury, a l lo w i ng Nishikori and Isner to be included as ninth and 10th seeds. "I've learned that I need to be 100 per cent from the very first ball".

However, Djokovic and every other tennis star pales in comparison when it comes to Federer's endorsements, with the 37-year-old, named the highest-paid tennis player by Forbes earlier this year for the 13th year in a row, earning $65 million from endorsements. The hard-working Nishikori had missed five months in 2017 due to a wrist injury and began his journey back by playing ATP Challenger events in January. But the Tour Finals will be their last shot at excellence before the season closes.

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