Fed­erer eyes 100th crown in Lon­don

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Htsportsmax - Agence France­Presse sports­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

The two men, with 34 Grand Slams be­tween them, are the twin ti­tans at the sea­son-end­ing event at Lon­don’s O2 arena.

But the tour­na­ment, which starts on Sun­day, lacks an el­e­ment of star power with­out the in­jured Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro, both of whom were forced to pull out of the sea­son fi­nale.

For­mer cham­pion Andy Murray, still mak­ing his way back from in­jury, and de­fend­ing cham­pion Grigor Dim­itrov are other star names miss­ing.

The ti­tle is con­tested by the eight play­ers who have ac­cu­mu­lated the most rank­ing points over the sea­son and is in a roundrobin for­mat, with the best four play­ers reach­ing the knock­out semi-fi­nals stage.

Fed­erer is ex­pected to emerge from Group Lley­ton He­witt, also fea­tur­ing Kevin An­der­son, Do­minic Thiem and Kei Nishikori, while Djokovic is highly fan­cied to top Group Guga Kuerten, which also in­cludes Alexan­der Zverev, Marin Cilic and John Is­ner. Af­ter a stun­ning 2017 sea­son which saw the Swiss cap­ture seven ti­tles, in­clud­ing Grand Slam crowns at the Aus­tralian Open and Wim­ble­don, Fed­erer was clear that his 2018 sea­son has been a suc­cess de­spite a mixed run of results in re­cent months.



Dar­ren Cahill, the coach of world num­ber one and French Open cham­pion Si­mona Halep, said Fri­day he will take a break from ten­nis in 2019 for fam­ily rea­sons.

The 53-year-old Aus­tralian helped Ro­ma­nian star Halep to a maiden Grand Slam tri­umph at Roland Gar­ros in June as well as a year-end­ing world top spot ro crown their four-year partnership. He had pre­vi­ously coached Lley­ton He­witt and An­dre Agassi. “I would like to an­nounce that Si­mona and I will not be con­tin­u­ing our partnership in 2019 purely for fam­ily rea­sons on my part,” Cahill wrote on In­sta­gram.



Roger Fed­erer (right) and No­vak Djokovic are in ri­val groups.

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