ATP Finals victor 2018? Who will be crowned champion at London's O2?

Tennis news - Roger Federer sees no reason to move ATP Finals from London

"You don't get any presents when you're playing against the top eight", he added.

But such was the run of Djokovic through the last six months, and following surgery to his elbow in the aftermath of the Australian Open, that he surged from a low of 22 at the French Open to the very top via victories at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Masters titles in Cincinnati and Shanghai. The Nadal-Djokovic matchup, on the other hand, suffers from the fact that there have been very few occasions when they have played each other at their absolute peaks.

Last year's victor of course, was Grigor Dimitrov, who entered the tournament for the first time and walked away with $2,549,000 in prize money earnings following his three-set win over David Goffin in the final.

Though a exhausted Djokovic fell to young gun Karen Khachanov in the final of the Paris Masters on Sunday, he will once again start as the overwhelming favourite at the Tour Finals. Djokovic is level with Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl with five titles at the tournament - only Federer has the most at seven. Anderson came back from two sets to love down to beat the 20-time Grand Slam champion at Wimbledon in July on his way to the final. With the top eight in the world competing in the season-ending event, it allows no break-in period. The top two in each group progress to the knockout semifinals.

His defeat in Paris was against great rival and world number one Novak Djokovic in what was a stunning, closely-fought match so he will be feeling confident about his game as he kicks off his campaign in London.

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The Swiss legend is paired along with the likes of Kevin Anderson, Kei Nishikori and Dominic Thiem while Djokovic is with Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and John Isner. "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. For all his achievements in the sport, the Spaniard has never managed to win the Tour Finals and will be denied the opportunity this time again, despite another stellar season under his belt.

He still however, has four titles to his name this year, with further victories in the Stuttgart and Basel Open.

In fact, the trio of Cilic, Zverev and Thiem collectively won two matches out of nine at the 2017 Finals and crashed out in the round-robin stage.

That followed the injury withdrawal of Del Potro, who reached a career-high ranking of third this season and reached the final of the London event in 2009.

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