Federer, Djokovic win year-end ATP awards

Doug Mendoza
November 11, 2018

"I love playing this event, always have since the first in 2002, that was a massive highlight in my career and I had a good run..."

They shared the stage for one of the most memorable matches of the season when Anderson defeated Isner 26-24 in the fifth set of a six-hour-plus semi-final that directly led to Wimbledon announcing the introduction of final-set tie-breaks.

Federer, who plays Japan's Kei Nishikori in his tournament opener at London's O2 arena on Sunday, said overall he is happy with his season. What more can I ask for?

The pressure now is on the top 7 to try and end the year with a title.

The 2018 ATP Finals get underway on November 11.

Federer is picking his spots, and if he is going to keep heavily prioritizing the most prestigious events - the Grand Slam tournaments and Masters 1000s - and add only his hometown tournament in Basel and a smattering of lower-level grass-court tournaments on the side, then the odds of reaching 109 lengthen.

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Roger Federer has been playing on the ATP Tour for more than 20 years and despite being in the latter stages of his illustrious career, he continues to challenge for the major titles and is now ranked number three in the world.

"I don't think it matters really where I win my 100th as long as it's going to happen at one point", said the 37-year-old, who has not won the ATP Finals since 2011.

"By winning the Australian Open I was pretty much in a good position throughout after that, so I was very happy how I played throughout the entire season. I've enjoyed the most success here, so I should be the last one talking about moving it anywhere, but at the same time I feel that this event should be travelling more". Leading the line in the other group will be Novak Djokovic who won the comeback player of the year award for his fantastic second half of the season. Obviously, we know his history, he's won so many titles that's why he's considered the greatest player of all time. Federer will have been buoyed by his battling performance against Djokovic in the semi-final of the Paris Masters last week but he still lost the match - his fourth consecutive defeat against Djokovic, with the Serb now leading their head-to-head 25-22. "I don't know what the options are. It's been a very enjoyable few days so far, not just for me but also my team".

"I've watched it since I was a kid so to play here in this awesome atmosphere and get a win, I couldn't be more happy".

So retirement is not part of the picture just yet: Federer still has fish to fry. Against Kevin and Kei, I've had matches this year, which went both ways.

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