Alex de Minaur named ATP Tour newcomer after breakout 2018 season

Heather Diaz
November 10, 2018

Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic is our favorite to take the title at the 2018 ATP Finals. Nadal cited an abdominal injury to close his season early - he hasn't played since the US Open.

"I'm very proud of that achievement and I understand that it's extra special this year because of the journey I've been through in the last 15 months, especially and particularly in the last eight to 10 months".

But Jimmy Connors's Open-era men's record of 109 titles has hardly been Federer's white whale, some career-long obsession that has kept him up nights or inspired him to do a round of extra sprints in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with the fitness coach Pierre Paganini. "And, of course, I'm very, very happy and proud about it".

The ATP, which runs the men's tennis tour, says Anderson is the second South African to play singles at the event after Wayne Ferreira in 1995.

The 37-year-old takes on Kei Nishikori for the tenth time.

Speaking before the start of the season finale at London's O2 Arena, the Serb said next to the Grand Slams and the ATP Finals, reaching the number one spot was the "ultimate challenge" in the sport. The Japanese has also had the better of Thiem the last time the two guys met, in the Vienna quarterfinal.

MI is in the playoff - for now
So both teams have one loss, but West Virginia has the best win, the best loss, and it has played the more hard schedule. That's especially true at the very top of the rankings with the Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers leading the way.

"It's tough to have to face Federer in the opening match, but I hope to give it my all. 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.

John Isner, like Anderson, will also be making his debut at the tournament.

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.

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.

What was to follow this year has seen Nishikori dig deep through perseverance, not giving up his childhood dream of becoming a professional tennis player and pure determination to reach the top of the game again.

Nishikori returned to action in January after a five-month absence due to a right wrist injury but fell to number 39 in the ATP rankings in April, his lowest position since 2011.

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