By Britwatch Team

  • Top Seeds: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Kevin Anderson
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LONDON, ENGLAND – Although the year-end World No. 1 spot is wrapped up, there is a solid line-up to contest this year’s season-ending finale.

 

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Tournament Fast Facts

Level Season Ending Final
Surface Hard (I)
Singles Draw 8
Doubles Draw 8
Prize Money Total: $8,500,000
Top seeds Novak Djokovic [1]

Roger Federer [2]

Alexander Zverev [3]

Kevin Anderson [4]

Marin Cilic [5]

Dominic Thiem [6]

Kei Nishikori [7]

John Isner [8]

Group Guga Kuerten Novak Djokovic [1]

Alexander Zverev [3]

Marin Cilic [5]

John Isner [8]

Group Lleyton Hewitt Roger Federer [2]

Kevin Anderson [4]

Dominic Thiem [6]

Kei Nishikori [7]

 

Draw & Results

Tournament Website
Order of Play – WED
Singles
Doubles

 

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[1] Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open, New York 2018

Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open, New York 2018 | (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA)

 

After a frustrating start to the year which saw him finally give in to elbow surgery, it was a triumphant return to form for Novak Djokovic, who had a remarkable 22-match winning spree finally come to an end at the Paris Masters. From declaring at Indian Wells, where he made a short-lived return after injury that he felt as though he was playing his first tour level match again, to stomping onto a smaller interview room at Roland Garros after a quarter-final exit, it has been a roller-coaster for Djokovic.

Once he hit the grass though, it started to be a different matter. He fell in the final of Queen’s but after that he was simply unstoppable. Having sealed the season-ending World No. 1 status, it is all about adding to his tally of six titles already won here, including winning five straight titles between 2016 and 2015.

 

[2] Roger Federer

Roger Federer in the fourth round of the US Open, New York 2018

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 3: Roger Federer of Switzerland during day 8 of the 2018 US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium of USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2018 in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

After a phenomenal 2017 which saw Roger Federer firmly back at the top of the game, it looked as though 2018 was going to start the same way. His season start in Australia could not have gone any better, with another Slam in the bag and what is now his customary skip of the entire clay court swing for the sake of his further longevity.

There the second half of the year seemed to go slightly awry. A quarter-final exit in Wimbledon, a loss in Cincinnati to Djokovic as the Serbian finally clinched the one Masters title that had always eluded him, and then an early exit in the fourth round of the US Open saw Federer lose his grip at the top of the tree.

He was predictably on form in his home tournament of Basel, if a little rusty and he and Djokovic delivered what many would have viewed as a de facto final in Paris. There is no World No. 1 at stake, although he quipped he did not want to go home with three losses at the season-ender.\

 

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[3] Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev in the final of the ATP Mutua Madrid Open, 2018

Alexander Zverev in the final of the ATP Mutua Madrid Open, 2018 | (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

Despite all the clamouring back home for him to win his first Slam, it has not been a bad year for German, who snapped up the coaching prowess of Ivan Lendl to help him in his quest. For the second year in a row he is part of the top line-up at the World Tour Finals and apart from his derision at the continuing towel-gate, he wants to make up for losing a commanding position to make the semi-finals on his debut.

 

[4] Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson in the semi-final of Wimbledon 2018

Kevin Anderson in the semi-final of Wimbledon 2018 | (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Good things come to those who wait and few would begrudge one of the nicest guys in the game his spot in the lime-light. He showed the promise of what he could achieve with his run to a first Slam at the US Open last year.

He ably backed that up with his spot in the Wimbledon final, although the lengthy semi-final which prompted a fifth set rule change by Wimbledon saw him spent and really unable to put up much of a fight against the resurgent Djokovic.

This has been a goal of Anderson’s for a while, so it remains to be seen whether the experience will overwhelm him or if he can make good on his debut.

The Nitto ATP World Tour Finals takes place between 11-18 November.

 

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