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Djokovic hails ‘perfect 5 months’ as he targets ATP Finals glory

Djokovic hails ‘perfect 5 months’ as he targets ATP Finals glory

He is 31-2 since the start of Wimbledon, with two Grand Slam and two Masters 1000 titles and one Masters 1000 runner-up finish.

Djokovic is seeking his fifth ATP Finals title in London to go with his first, which he won in Shanghai in 2008. "You don't get any presents when you're playing against the Top 8".

When Djokovic began the year outside the top 10 in the ATP rankings and battling the elbow injury that sidelined him for the second half of 2017, few imagined he would arrive for the season-ender in London back as leader of the pack.

"I feel you can very quickly play top-30 level", Federer replied when quizzed about Federer's return.

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.

"Will he be able to play week in week out or will he have to play less tournaments like I do but still be successful?" Federer in straight sets. His coach, Marian Vajda, was named ATP Coach of the Year. Kevin Anderson and John Isner, who have qualified on the back of their career-best years, are long shots. Thiem has recorded two wins in two editions so far.

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Making his third appearance at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, Austrian Dominic Thiem spoke ahead of the elite event. Bulgarian Dimitrov, who climbed to a career-high No. 3 after winning in London previous year, hasn't even made it, slipping to No. 19 in the world.

The six-time champion comes into the tournament having reached the semi-finals of the Paris Masters recently which followed his 99th career title in Basel. The 36-year-old Spaniard Tommy Robredo, a former top-five player who has plummeted this year due to persistent injury problems, receives the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award.

Fast forward to a year ago and after cutting his season short in August after scans revealed a tear in one of his tendons, Nishikori was forced to ask himself the question that no top sports athlete in their prime ever was to contemplate - retirement.

"It seemed to me that Sampras and Agassi had to be out of the picture before Federer gained the confidence to win". He did beat Sampras at Wimbledon early on but he didn't really win as early as a lot of great champions did.

With more players still to be announced over the coming weeks, the tournament is shaping up to be one of the most well rounded in recent times with strong fields for both the Women's and Men's weeks already confirmed.


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