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Nishikori will be making his fourth appearance at London's O2 Arena where he reached the semi-finals in 2014 and 2016

Nishikori will be making his fourth appearance at London's O2 Arena where he reached the semi-finals in 2014 and 2016

"I won that tournament, here I played the semis and I needed someone of Novak's calibre to beat me, so that's all right".

Meanwhile, Djokovic, who has made an incredible comeback this year after an elbow injury, leads head-to-head against Federer 25-22, the last win coming at the semi-final of the Paris Masters last week.

Kei Nishikori's return to the top echelons of the men's game in 2018 has been a remarkable story.

The last time Thiem faced Anderson was in the Round of 16 of the US Open where Thiem won in straight sets.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are the two main attractions when the ATP Finals begin in London on Sunday. If the Serb can win his first ATP Finals title since 2015, he will equal Federer's record of six crowns.

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Last year's victor of course, was Grigor Dimitrov, who entered the tournament for the first time and walked away with $2,549,000 in prize money earnings following his three-set win over David Goffin in the final. With the top eight in the world competing in the season-ending event, it allows no break-in period. Bercow (who took up office when the Finals first came to the O2 in 2009) might well faint from joy if that happens next Sunday. This is the third year running that eight different countries have been represented in the singles field.

Federer and Djokovi, who have 34 Grand Slams between them, are the top two bills for the tournament that lacks star power like the injured Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin del Potro, former champion Andy Murray as well as defending champion Grigor Dimitrov. Nadal cited an abdominal injury to close his season early - he hasn't played since the US Open. It is the time for the Nitto ATP Finals! The second part of the season has been markedly underwhelming for the Swiss virtuoso, who started the season by winning the Australian Open and surged to World No 1 in February. He lost to Anderson in the final of the Vienna tournament but turned the tables against him in the Paris Masters. The indoor hard-courts, with their controlled environment, provide an nearly flawless canvas for Federer's artistry.

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

On the way to the final, Nishikori cut through the competition, defeating Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and Tomas Berdych.

In April, Nishikori was ranked No 74 in the year-to-date world rankings. Also in his first ever ATP Finals is American veteran John Isner.

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