Who Can Stop Rafael Nadal And Roger Federer — ATP Finals Preview

Rafael Nadal unlikely to win ATP World Tour Finals for this key reason- Mark Petchey

Federer has qualified for the year-end showpiece a record 15 times, won it six times, and missed the Paris Masters to ensure he would be fully fit to produce his best here. "I'm just going to try to stay positive and focus on the next match".

"You can not forget that we played all the time on surfaces that he likes more than me", added Nadal.

Roger Federer made a strong start to his bid to cap his golden year with a seventh ATP Tour Finals title as the Swiss star defeated Jack Sock 6-4, 7-6 (4) Sunday.

Nadal will have another opportunity to avenge defeat against old nemesis Roger Federer in that final but only time will tell how much this latest injury affects his performance.

'They played the best season on the tour and they deservedly are at the top. "I'm working every day, practising well and just trying to be ready for the action".

With Cilic's serve looking rock solid, the game looked nearly up for the young German but, cheered on by an O2 crowd happy to get their first look at the new world number three, Zverev dug deep to win five of the next six games to claim a hard-earned 6-4 3-6 6-4 victory. He played more tournaments. "Being here is an important thing but for me the most important thing is everything that happened to me this year, the tournaments, competing nearly every week with a very competitive level of tennis, being healthy until Paris", he said.

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That was the only break point for either player in the first set.

And Federer, undoubtedly, is the man for the big stage; he won 90 per cent points when his first serve went in and did not concede a single break.

"I think anyone beating Federer in this group has a good chance of (reaching the semi-finals)", Zverev, who beat the Swiss to win this year's Montreal title, his second Masters 1000 title of the year, said.

But Federer saw the amusing side later: "It was a big distraction, I'll tell you that, because [Sock's posterior] was very big. That's what I should have aimed for", he joked.

The Spaniard will play his first match at the tournament for the top eight players in the world on Monday against Goffin.

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