Nishikori set for ATP Finals test after bouncing back from slump

Chang has been key to Nishikori's return to form

'I don't see a reason to change, unless there is somebody else, a city that really wants it badly and is willing to come in and really support the Tour in a major way for many years to come. It's been a good place to play and showcase our talents. He quickly became a player with a burning desire to be amongst the best players in the world. The match marks a rematch of the US Open final where the All-American duo beat them in straight sets.

A new chapter in South African tennis history comes to be written this weekend when Kevin Anderson competes in the Nitto ATP Finals in London.

Thiem made his first Grand Slam final at the French Open in 2018 (losing to Nadal) while eight of his 11 tour titles have been on clay.

Djokovic looks the man most likely to deny Federer a 100th Tour title, having resumed the dominance he displayed in 2011, 2015 and 2016.

But just like his Argentine counterpart, it has been a career of niggling injuries. I know this is the biggest yearly event they have here at the O2. Even in his breakthrough year in 2014 a groin injury halted his progress. "It is a great success here and I personally have had phenomenal success so I should be the last one talking about moving it anywhere because I enjoy it".

'I'm confident that if he does feel 100 per cent it's not going to be a problem for him to play at the very top. He and Roger Federer have the most experience at the event throughout the past decade and Nole, in particular, has dominated his time at the O2 Arena in London. For the first couple of months after comeback, I didn't have sharp feelings as before. Early in his career, Federer already was sounding blasé about tennis math. "The 6'8" Anderson had battled to victory after being two sets and match points down (in third set) against Federer in the Wimbledon quarter-finals. His game and confidence were finally coming together again.

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The two met heads-on in the Wimbledon semi-final.

At the US Open Nishikori was about to announce to the world that he was well and truly back.

Novak Djokovic says an exhibition match against Rafael Nadal in Saudi Arabia has been called off because the Spaniard underwent ankle surgery. A devastating loss to Russian Daniil Medvedev in front of his home faithful in the final of the Tokyo Open was sure to be one of toughest losses of his year but again this was progress - he was now 12th in the world rankings.

The 25-year-old's opponents in the Lleyton Hewitt group for the round-robin stage are Roger Federer, Kevin Anderson and Kei Nishikori.

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

There are expected to be only two more editions of this season-ending finale in London after this one before it moves elsewhere, and Federer and Djokovic disagree on the event's future.

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