Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Federer sees no reason to move ATP Finals from London

Federer sees no reason to move ATP Finals from London

Kevin Anderson will take on French Open runner-up Dominic Thiem in the afternoon session.

Roger Federer said on Friday he is focused on winning the ATP Finals for a seventh time rather than the 100th singles title of his glittering career as he looks to end 2018 in style.

Former champion Andy Murray, still making his way back from injury, and defending champion Grigor Dimitrov are other star names missing.

The O2 Arena has played host to the ATP Finals since 2009 but their contract is due to expire in 2020.

Nishikori has not been able to find the answers to Federer's game in their two recent meetings so that may affect him mentally here so he must try and treat this meeting as a clean slate.

The 33-year-old John Isner has made quite a journey since his Collegiate days at the University of Georgia, entering the Top 100 just before his 23rd birthday but staying there for nearly 10 years now, improving all the elements in his games and blasting his way towards the 14 ATP titles, Masters 1000 crown and the semi-final at Major event.

"I don't think it matters really where I win my 100th as long as it's going to happen at one point", said Federer, who has 99 titles in his illustrious career.

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"I don't want it to move from London, but I just feel the concept of this event is that it is one that travels", the Serb told reporters.

"But there was always part of me that believed I could make it back and I never thought it was impossible".

Djokovic - who has stopped Federer in three London finals - remains favourite, despite looking physically shredded when losing to the rising Russian Karen Khachanov in the Paris Masters final last Sunday.

Meanwhile, Djokovic, who has made an incredible comeback this year after an elbow injury, leads head-to-head against Federer 25-22, the last win coming at the semi-final of the Paris Masters last week.

"This is the biggest event the ATP owns and you have the best eight players in the world in a unique format of the round robin system so you see at least a certain player three times in a week playing and I just feel this is a great leverage and opportunity to promote tennis all around the world".

Federer has won the title six times, Djokovic five, so 11 of the last 15 years the title as gone to one of those two.

Djokovic lifted the trophy for four years in a row between 2012 and 2015, while Federer is bidding for his first title since 2011.

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