Young pretenders arrive in force in London — ATP Finals

Diego Schwartzman speaks about relationship with Rafael Nadal

The tournament is being held in London for the 11th and penultimate time, with Alexander Zverev defending his title.

In the "Bjorn Borg Group", Serbia ace Novak Djokovic has been drawn with Swiss legend Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem of Austria, and Italy's Matteo Berrettini.

"I'm not feeling uncomfortable because I haven't really served". "We're correct getting started". "Each one of us plays differently and it's interesting to see so many varieties".

His participation will be vital to determining who ends the year as world number one. After his stellar start to the season, Tsitsipas hit the buffers over the summer but also found his form again to qualify for a debut appearance at the O2, where he is sure to be a big draw. "You're playing a top-10 player every single match". After great results, you feel pressure, you ask yourself even more questions and there was a time where I slept badly. "It's a great experience for them to be here, handling the pressure from the get-go".

"It's something that will only help your career".

The tournament, won a year ago by Germany's Zverev, follows a round-robin format where the top two in each group then progress to the semi-finals.

"I think it's a great message for the sport", he said.

"I think Roger, Rafa and I are still glad that we're in the mix".


The Serbian will face Federer for the 49th time in a keenly anticipated group game that will be repeat of the Wimbledon final, which Djokovic won in five sets. They show good values. Against Novak Djokovic it's hard, many things of him bother me. "I will be happy hopefully to keep competing with them for a while but then I will be happy to watch it on TV". Medvedev reached the US Open final and reached six straight tour finals.

The season-ending event, featuring the year's best eight players, is contested in a round-robin format with the best four players and doubles teams reaching the knockout semi-finals stage.

Their only problem is that the old guard are still there.

Nadal is bidding to clinch the year-end No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for a fifth time - he is now 640 points ahead of Djokovic - but comes into the tournament under a cloud.

When Federer's career tally of 103 titles was mentioned on the boat, Berrettini and Thiem looked at each other and just laughed.

Zverev acknowledged that Federer, Nadal and Djokovic gentle deserved their web page on the head of the sport.

This year has been very important from every point of view: mentally I managed to go through very complicated situations, besides handling new ones. I've only served very slowly.

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