'Lucky' Kei Nishikori set for ATP Finals

He fell to Marin Cilic in the final of the 2014 US Open

He fell to Marin Cilic in the final of the 2014 US Open

Djokovic seems to be the clear favorite to qualify as the victor from here; I do not expect Cilic, Zverev or Isner to give him too much trouble.

Along with Juan Martin del Potro, the Japanese star was tipped to be the one of the guys that would eventually break the stranglehold that Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray had on the men's game for so long.

He opens play in Hewitt group on Sunday against French Open runner-up Dominic Thiem.

He struggled to find his best tennis when he returned to the court but reached the final of Queen's before winning Wimbledon and the US Open.

It clears up an awkward issue for Djokovic at the start of a week which will see him try to confirm his rediscovered dominance, and prevent Roger Federer concluding the season with what would be a 100th ATP Tour title. He reached his first ATP Masters 1000 final in Toronto, and won his first title in Stockholm, as well as reached the fourth round at Wimbledon.

Though a exhausted Djokovic fell to young gun Karen Khachanov in the final of the Paris Masters on Sunday, he will once again start as the overwhelming favourite at the Tour Finals. "Reflecting on what I've been through in the a year ago, it's quite a phenomenal achievement", said Djokovic, who was No. 2 last week and hadn't been No. 1 since November 2016. "It turned to out to be a ideal five months of the year, with two Grand Slam titles".

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"It's really only Novak (Djokovic) who can say at this point "If I play as well as I have done the last few months maybe I can also win the World Tour Finals" but not even that is a given because, especially in the best-of-three-set matches indoors, margins are slimmer so you can slip fast". In fact, this is his third consecutive year qualifying for the event. He is just 25-years-old and the current world number eight in men's singles tennis.

Zverev, 21, has been touted about as one of the leaders of the new generation and has won three Masters titles in his short career but he has flattered to deceive at the Grand Slams.

Despite a mixed season, Federer believes that this year has been a success for him. In fact, the trio of Cilic, Zverev and Thiem collectively won two matches out of nine at the 2017 Finals and crashed out in the round-robin stage.

Cilic, Anderson, Nishikori and Thiem are all Grand Slam finalists.

Anderson is the other debutant and will become the first South African in 23 years to grace the season-ender.

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