Two men, with 34 Grand Slams between them, are double titans at the end of the season
Roger Federer is trying to finish the title title at the ATP Finals, but will probably have to find a way to the last unforgettable Novak Djokovic who wants to round up his stunning season in style.
Two men, with 34 Grand Slams between them, are double titans at a season event on the London O2 Arena.
But the tournament, which begins on Sunday, lacks star elements without injured Rafael Nadal and Juana Martin del Potro, both of whom were forced to retire from the final season.
Former champion Andy Murray, who is still returning from injury, and defending champion Grigor Dimitrov are missing star names.
The title was challenged by eight players who accumulated the highest score points during the season and who are in the round robin format with the best four players who came to the knockout semifinals.
Federer is expected to leave the Lleyton Hewitt group, which also includes Kevin Anderson, Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori, while Djokovic is highly regarded at the top of the Wolfgang Kuerten group, which also includes Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and John Isner.
After the amazing season in 2017, which saw the Swiss capture of seven titles, including the Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, Federer has made it clear that his 2018 season has succeeded despite the mixed result of recent months.
The 37-year-old has won six record-breaking titles at the ATP Finals, including two in London, but has not raised trophies since 2011.
"I do not think it's important if I win at 100th place as long as it happens at one point," Federer said, who has 99 titles in his career.
"I love playing this event. I've always been since I was first trained in 2002."
Federer will be beaten by his fight against Djokovic in the semi-finals of Parisian masters last week, but he lost the match – his fourth defeat defeat against Djokovic, while the Serb now headed from head to head 25-22,
Djokovic has made an incredible return after knee surgery at the beginning of the year, overwhelming indifferent form to conquer Wimbledon and the US Open and returning to the first place.
The 31-year-old, who made the 22nd place in the world in May, admitted that after surgery it seemed unbelievable to finish the year as number one.
"But there was always part of me who believes I could be back and I never thought it was impossible," he said. "I just thought it might take more time than I wanted to do at that time."
"It turned into a perfect five months a year, with two Grand Slam titles," he added.
Nadal came out of the London tournament this week – bidding Djokovic to finish the season as world number one.
This was followed by the loss of Del Potro injury, who this season achieved his third career and came to the final London event in 2009.
Zverev, 21, was one of the leaders of the new generation, and in his short career he won three Masters titles, but he was down to the Grand Slam.
Chile, Anderson, Nishikori and Thiem are all Grand Slam finalists.
But it is difficult to see anyone except Federer or Djokovic who prevails.
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