What to expect from Kevin Anderson at ATP Finals

What to expect from Kevin Anderson at ATP Finals

"Unfortunately, I had the abdominal problem in Paris last week and, in addition, I have a free body in the ankle joint that has to be removed in the operating room today".

The Serbian booked his place in the final after a mammoth battle with Roger Federer in the semifinals and was favorite to take his fifth title at Paris-Bercy owing to his recent form. But one of the least satisfying numbers, from the perspective of British tennis fans, will be his history of non-attendance at the ATP Finals.

"Reflecting on what I've been through in the a year ago, it's quite a phenomenal achievement", said Djokovic, who has knocked Rafael Nadal from the world top spot.

Djokovic moved up from No. 2 to overtake Rafael Nadal on Monday. "I couldn't be happier to finish the season like this".

Kevin Anderson has had another great season after a showing in his maiden Grand Slam final in NY previous year, with a remarkable run to the Wimbledon final and winning his first ATP 500 title in Vienna just a couple of weeks ago.

But he has time on his side - Federer has already celebrated his 37th birthday while injury-plagued Nadal is 32.

He is three majors off Roger Federer's men's record of 20 Grand Slams.

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The beaten finalist at Melbourne Park in 2017, Nadal saw his Australian Open campaign end in painful fashion this January.

Djokovic's 22-match unbeaten run was ended by Karen Khachanov in the Paris Masters final on Sunday (November 4) after beating Federer in a classic last-four encounter.

At Wimbledon this year, he hit out at some Centre Court fans for a perceived lack of respect while schedulers also felt his ire for exiling him to Court Two for a third round match.

Once again we find ourselves wondering what shape Nadal will be in for next season.

Any year in which you win an 11th title at Roland Garros, Barcelona and Monte Carlo is hardly a wasted one, and yet this has been a deeply frustrating year for Nadal.

There are more grand slams and titles in Nadal.

"What Novak has achieved this season has to go down as one of the great sporting comebacks", said ATP president Chris Kermode.

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