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Kei Nishikori completes remarkable comeback ahead of ATP Tour Finals

Kei Nishikori completes remarkable comeback ahead of ATP Tour Finals

Roger Federer is aiming to complete a century of titles at the ATP Finals but will likely have to find a way past the irrepressible Novak Djokovic, who is looking to round off his astonishing season in style.

In October, 20-year-old Tsitsipas brought home Greece's first ATP crown from the Stockholm Open, after knocking out Latvia's Ernests Gulbis. With the top eight in the world competing in the season-ending event, it allows no break-in period. Chang's calm aura in Nishikori's players box and only visibly being animated when deeming it necessary, along with his coaching expertise to encourage Nishikori to be more offensive when the opportunity presented itself took him to new heights. He appears to have a good week left in him - freed of the obligation to play in the December exhibition in Saudi Arabia against Rafael Nadal - and begins his campaign for a sixth title on Monday evening against Isner.

"But there was always part of me that believed I could make it back and I never thought it was impossible". In fact, this is his third consecutive year qualifying for the event.

But the 31-year-old will end the year as number one, having slumped to a 12-year low of 22 in May.

Next up at 2pm on Sunday is Kevin Anderson and Dominic Thiem.




Nishikori would lose in the final of the Vienna Open to Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson in but a quarter-finals defeat to Roger Federer at the Paris Masters last week and the unfortunate withdrawal from the end of year championships due to injury from Juan Martin Del Potro secured Nishikori's berth at the tour finals for the fourth time in his career.

Next up is the singles as Alexander Zverev takes on Marin Cilic. At 6'10, he's also a big server and came through the United States college tennis set up.

The Serbian captured two awards this year, sneaking past Nadal at the last minute to earn the ATP World No. 1 trophy. Recent form just about gives Thiem the edge and his return game could be key in breaking down his South African opponent's chief weapon.

"I don't see a reason to change, unless there is somebody else, a city that really wants it badly and is willing to come in and really support the Tour in a major way for many years, like what we saw with Shanghai and also maybe with London in the beginning". And he was not at 100 per cent.

Kei Nishikori said Friday he was "lucky" to be at the ATP Finals after clawing his way up the rankings to reach the elite-eight man event after a lengthy injury layoff. "You don't get any presents when you're playing against the Top 8".


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