ATP Finals Schedule, Order of Play, Matches

Roger Federer defeats Novak Djokovic in Basel final

The Japanese World No 9 endured a torrid 2017 campaign, which saw him sidelined for five months due to a wrist injury, the latest in a string of injuries that have haltered him at every stage of his career. I'm not going to recommend something that my numbers don't advocate, and I'll be back tomorrow to preview the two matches in the Kuerten group, as well as all week as the tournament continues. "Either it happens or it doesn't", he told Germany's Tennis Magazin this year, referring to the 109.

The season's final ATP event is all set for a start in the London O2 arena but ahead of that the tennis stars chose to have a little fun on the public domain.

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.

He has returned sensationally in 2018, winning both the Wimbledon and US Open Grand Slam titles.

The Swiss has won two of his record six titles at the event at London's O2 Arena where the ATP's prestigious season-ender has been playing to packed crowds since 2009. Djokovic, a five-times ATP Finals champion, became the first player since Marat Safin in 2000 to hold the number one ranking after starting the season outside the top 20 when Rafa Nadal pulled out of the tournament in London to undergo ankle surgery. Not just because of the rankings, being No22, but also because of how I felt on the court and how I played.

I don't want it to move from London, I just feel like the concept of this event should be the one that travels, he said. "I'm going to be No.1 tomorrow officially". There are so many new experiences for me here. The second of the 2018 tennis season has been incredibly kind to the Serbian.

The ATP Finals features the world's top eight players - minus world number two Rafael Nadal and number four Juan Martin del Potro, who are injured. "I think it's really only Novak at this point who can maybe say if I play the way I've played the last few months then I'll win the title but even that's not a given, particularly in best of three-setters", he continued. "It's a very cool way to make an entrance", World No.10, John Isner said. This year they clinched Wimbledon and US Open titles.

Djokovic, for example, enjoys a better head-to-head win ratio against nearly all these players-25-22 against Federer, 1-1 against Zverev, 7-1 against Anderson, 16-2 against Čilić, 5-2 against Thiem, 15-2 against Nishikori and 8-2 versus Isner-which puts him in a rarefied zone.

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