ATP Finals: Can anyone shoot Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer?



Eight players to fight ATP finals in London (Picture: Getty / Metro)

The ATP finals start Sunday in London and two players dominate the season's interview.

Novak Djokovic and 20-year-old Grand Slam Roger Federer are among the players who are going to fight for O2 in the "fifth major" action.

Djokovic and Federer joined Alexander Zverev, Kevin Anderson, Marin Cilic and Dominic Thiem, who qualified automatically for the tournament after they finished in the top eight.

Kei Nishikori and John Isner meanwhile struck after Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro were injured.

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Djokovic, who won the last two Grand Slams, is a popular tournament. If he does, he will see that the Serb has scored his fifth victory in the ATP final.

Federer, rated as one of the best players in history, will be determined to deny his opponent another triumph and end the mixed season at high.

But is it just a race of two horses? Here, let's look at players who are hoping to get excited in London.

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ALEXANDER ZVEREV

German has a great future ahead (Picture: Getty)


PROFILE

Age: 21

Nationality: German

Order: 5

Career titles: 9

Best Grand Slam result: French Open, QF

Final ATP Records: 1-2

TREATMENT

As one of the most rated young players in the world, Zverev is no stranger to humiliation.

The 21-year-old was named the future Grand Slam winner in the last two years and quickly cope with Nishikori and Thie for the number of career titles he has won.

Maybe it's time for German to report on the big scene. With regard to his ability and form in the ATP Tour tournaments, he is surprised to have come to the French until the quarter-finals of the Major.

His moment in Slame undoubtedly comes, but Zverev can make a statement in London this week against the sports elite.

After finishing the semifinals in Shanghai and Basel last month, Zverev got to the quarterfinals of the champions in Paris, losing to eventual champion Karen Khachanov.

On the face of the fans, Zvereva should be an optimistic promising O2 run, but his chances may well depend on the severity of the shoulder injury he is treating for several weeks.

MARIN CILIC

Former US Open and Wimbledon finalists are dangerous (Picture: Getty)


PROFILE

Age: 30

Nationality: Croatian

Order: 7

Career titles: 18

Best Grand Slam Result: US Open, W

Final ATP Records: 1-8

TREATMENT

At the age of 30, Cilic saw and did it all. In addition to Federer and Djokovic, he is the most experienced, respected and most successful player in the group.

And yet Cilic and the ATP finals are a combination that rarely produces success.

In three appearances at the season tournament, the Croatian field managed to win only one of nine matches, suffering defeats like Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych and Jack Sock. Will this be a factor this week? Maybe.

But Cilic's overall image is legitimate. Since reaching the quarterfinal in Flushing Meadows, he has endured a difficult period and lost five of his eight games.

In Paris he made a victory for Djokovic, but he seemed to only awaken a great Serbian who won the match in great style.

It seems that the draw has developed at least in Cilic's favor, and he will try to defeat the Zverev inexperienced – especially if he prevents him from wounding – and the dangerous but defective Isner.

JOHN ISNER

America has the best services in the field (Picture: Getty)


PROFILE

Age: 33

Nationality: American

Order: 10

Career titles: 14

Best Grand Slam Result: Wimbledon, SF

ATP Final Score: 0-0

TREATMENT

While defeating Rafael Nadal was a major strike in the tournament and the Spaniard himself, at least he opened the door to Isner.

The American, who was very successful, resigned from the tournament despite an impressive season but after Nadal confirmed he needed ankle surgery.

Known for his mammoth listening, which has earned nearly 11,000 aces, he has shown that he has more victories this season with excellent tracks at Wimbledon and the US Open.

Throughout his career, Isner has earned 92% of his career and expects his service to be lethal in internal conditions.

The 33-year-old will naturally be incredibly hard to break and he could certainly capture some surprise victory in tie-breaks.

Isner's problem is that he generally finds himself extremely surprised when he opposes the best players and some of the best players in the game will stand on the other side of the court in London.

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KEVIN ANDERSON

Federer's victory in Wimbledon was no trace (Picture: Getty)


PROFILE

Age: 32

Nationality: South Africa

Order: 6

Career titles: 5

Best Grand Slam Result: Wimbledon & US Open, F

ATP Final Score: 0-0

TREATMENT

No player in this line-up earns less titles in his career than Anderson, but that does not mean South African should be discounted.

In fact, there is enough evidence to suggest that Anderson could go into retirement stages.

The late bloomer of Johannesburg has been in good shape for the last 18 months, has achieved two Grand Slam finals and has secured an unforgettable victory over Federer and Andy Murray.

Federer's victory at this year's Wimbledon was particularly impressive, as Anderson suffered a fight before taking on an impressive and eventually successful return.

Djokovic threw him into a heavily unilateral finale, but after his marathon semi-final encounter with Isner, it was more or less expected.

Anderson has one of the best sports services, but he definitely proved he has a whole game to get someone into trouble.

DOMINIC THIEM

It would be another story if he was on clay … (Picture: Getty)


PROFILE

Age: 25

Nationality: Austrian

Order: 8

Career titles: 11

Best Grand Slam Result: French Open, F

Final ATP Records: 2-4

TREATMENT

Frequently described as an expert on clay courses, Thiem is determined to show that he is more than just a pony.

After reaching the semifinals at the French Open, Thiem made it better this year when he finished the final when Rafael Nadal won the 11th place in the tournament.

Despite being declared the future Grand Slam champion, the 25-year-old has generally disappointed on hard internal courts.

But perhaps the latest results show that Thiem is about to fill his real potential and reports as a great versatile player.

Flushing Meadows was not a happy hospitality for the Austrians, but this year he enjoyed the promise of a quarterfinals.

Nadal's shock defeat seemed to be on the cards after Thiem made the starting set 6-0, but then the first world number gathered and won in five sets.

However, Thiem's ​​performance in New York – and his subsequent victory in St. Petersburg – indicates he is ready to pick up his game outside his favorite season with a clay court.

KEI NISHIKORI

The Japanese star has held a mixed season (Picture: Getty)


PROFILE

Age: 28

Nationality: Japanese

Rating: 9

Career titles: 11

Best Grand Slam Result: US Open, F

Final ATP Records: 4-7

TREATMENT

In the area of ​​high-quality, yet inexperienced stars, Nishikori surprisingly represents the players with the most experience in the ATP Finals tournaments, who played in three tournaments and reached the semifinals at his last appearance in 2016.

Despite just participating in the tournament due to the departure of Juan Martina del Potro, the Japanese dream is probably popular with this group along with Federer.

Tournament qualifiers are impressive, as the former US Open finalist has insisted on the catastrophic start of the year when he was knocked out of Challenger in the first round by world number 238 by Dennis Novikov.

Nishikori had injuries at the beginning of the year, but he made Wimbledon's quarterfinals and defeated Marin Cilic on his way to the US Open.

He generally finds himself overtaken by top players, but narrow defeat with Federer in Paris and Shanghai has recently shown he is able to compete with the best.

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