Kei Nishikori profile — ATP Finals

Paola Ditto
Novembre 10, 2018

The ATP Finals, as it is now known, began in Tokyo in 1970 and spent six years on the road before a 13-year stint in NY and a six-year stay in Frankfurt before spells in Hanover, Lisbon, Sydney, Houston and Shanghai. "Five months ago, if you told me that, I would be - I always believe in myself, but it was highly improbable at that time considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court".

Born and raised in Jo'burg but resident for many years in Florida where his wife Kelsey is from, the 6ft 8in giant reached last year's US Open final, and in July he qualified for the Wimbledon final in the longest semifinal ever.

The Swiss 20-time Grand Slam champion is playing in the season-ending finale for a 16th time and has tasted victory on a record six occasions - twice in London, twice at Shanghai and twice in Houston. "So, for me, it was a very quick decision", said Federer.

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. He has been drawn in the same group as Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and John Isner.

'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 will only get harder for Federer to reach the finish lines, but he, like Connors, is an exceptional talent with exceptional footwork and staying power, and, for the moment, they have a strikingly similar gap between their first and last tour titles.

Fittingly, Tsitsipas and De Minaur will face off in the Next Gen ATP Finals championship match on Saturday.

Nadal this week pulled out of the tournament in London - guaranteeing Djokovic will end the season as the world number one.

Completing the field is Japan's Kei Nishikori, who has an impressive comeback story of his own. He has won four this year, including the Australian Open, in what has been a less consistently transcendent campaign. He has a win-loss record for 42-19 in 2018 and finished the Race to London at No 9. But the Tour Finals will be their last shot at excellence before the season closes.

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