Imperious Novak Djokovic stands in the way of Roger Federer’s 100th title

Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week’s ATP Tour Finals in London due to injury. —AFP  File

Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week’s ATP Tour Finals in London due to injury. —AFP File

World number nine Kei Nishikori is appearing at the ATP Finals in London for a fourth time. The conditions at the season finale in London are expected to be slightly heavier, but being indoors, with the elements not playing a part, the setting is ideal for Federer's precisely directed weaponry.

However, Djokovic, in the last five months, has shown that he has lost none of his regenerative powers, especially the ability to shrug off defeats which would have devastated others.

The Swiss broadly supports it staying in the United Kingdom capital, where huge crowds of over 250,000 are attracted, while Djokovic favours moving it around the world.

With more players still to be announced over the coming weeks, the tournament is shaping up to be one of the most well rounded in recent times with strong fields for both the Women's and Men's weeks already confirmed.

"I just feel like this is a great leverage, an opportunity to promote tennis all around the world", he added, suggesting it could move around every few years.

'I did not feel less than others, ' said the 36-year-old. 'I knew that in some bad moments they were going through, I could give myself a shot. Djokovic leads Federer 25-22, but they are neck and neck across surfaces: it's 13-13 on hard courts and 4-4 on clay; Djokovic shades it 6-4 indoor and 2-1 on grass. "We've always been proud of our ability to bring some of the world's best talent to New Zealand, and having players go on and qualify for the Finals just emphasises that" said Budge.

'It's not because of London, not because of anything to do with this event.

"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". And he was not at 100 per cent.

"It's going to be interesting to see how he comes back but I'm confident it's not going to be a problem if he returns at 100%". So it's not enough to play last-16 or quarters.

"He wants to make top-10 and then top-5, obviously". An incredible run at the Monte Carlo Masters that saw him reach the final only to lose to the "King of Clay" Rafael Nadal was ultimately not only a win for him but for the tennis community who were all ecstatic to see him playing his best tennis again.

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