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Tennis

ATP Finals Player Profile: Roger Federer

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Thursday 09th November 2017

ATP Finals Player Profile: Roger Federer

ATP Finals Player Profile: Roger Federer

Age: 36

Career Titles: 95

ATP Finals Appearances: 15 (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)

2017 Grand Slam Performance

Australian Open: W

French Open: A

Wimbledon: W

US Open: QF

Season Review

After finishing last season six months early, it has been a quite remarkable comeback this year from Roger Federer. Statistically, this year has been the best of Federer’s career. He has his highest win percentage since 2006, he’s won the most season titles since 2007 and most Grand Slam titles since 2009. It all started in January at the Australian Open. He came into the event seeded 17th, with nobody really knowing what kind of form he’d be in following his injury lay off. The Swiss was dominant in Melbourne, beating Tomas Berdych, Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka en-route to the final and a match against his old rival Rafael Nadal. The match was a great one, swinging one way and then the other before it was Federer who finally took the title in the fifth set, his first Grand Slam since 2013.

A minor blip followed for Federer at the Dubai Tennis Championships where he lost to Evgeny Donskoy, but he was soon back to his best at Indian Wells. The 36-year-old continued his blistering start to the season by lifting his second title of the season in the desert, defeating Nadal, Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock before overcoming compatriot Wawrinka in the final. The Miami Open followed a week later and Federer’s form did not falter. He continued where he left on in Indian Wells and was soon contesting a third final of the year after beating the likes of Juan Martin del Potro and Kyrgios. For a third time already in 2017, Federer faced Nadal and the result was once again the same, with the Swiss providing just too good on the hard courts for the Spaniard.

Federer chose to miss the clay court season in order to let his body recover from what had been a spectacular but taxing start to the campaign. He returned to action in June for the grass court season, but suffered a shock loss to Tommy Haas in his first match back. He then went on to the Halle Open however and re-discovered his top form on the grass, beating Alexander Zverev in the final to claim his fourth title of the season. His form in Germany led to him becoming most peoples favourite to win Wimbledon, and he was soon living up to that tag. The Swiss cruised through the rounds at SW19, beating Grigor Dimitrov, Milos Raonic and Berdych on his way to the final – all in straight sets. The final saw him up against Marin Cilic and Federer made light work of beating the Croatian to win his 19th career Grand Slam title.

After a short break, Federer began the US hard court season at the Rogers Cup. He extended his winning streak with another run to a tournament final, going up against Alexander Zverev. However, he lost a final for the first time in 2017 to the German due to a combination of a niggling injury and great play from his younger opponent. The injury forced him out of the Cincinnati Masters and there were question marks as to whether he would be fit for the US Open. His first couple of matches at Flushing Meadows did nothing to quash those fears either, with Federer struggling through in five sets against both Frances Tiafoe and Mikhail Youzhny. Eventually the injury and fatigue appeared to catch up with him and he was knocked out in the quarter-finals by Juan Martin del Potro.

Another break followed, before he returned for the Shanghai Masters in October. Here, he looked back fit and at his best as he stormed to the title, beating Nadal once again in the final. He followed this up with another title in Basel, his seventh of what has been a truly magnificent season for the 36-year-old.

Federer wins Australian Open

Chances at ATP Finals

For us, Federer is the man to beat at the O2 Arena. He has had an outstanding season, winning seven titles including the one in Basel a few weeks ago which, like the ATP Finals, is on an indoor hard court. He comes into the finals full of confidence with two titles from his last two tournament appearances and if he is anywhere near his best we can’t see him being beaten. The Swiss has a great record at the ATP Finals, winning the title on six occasions and whilst his last title here came back in 2011 we think that with the field being slightly weaker this year he’ll get his hands on the trophy once more.

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