Djokovic hails 'perfect 5 months' as he targets ATP Finals glory

Nishikori was ranked outside the Top 200 in January

Nishikori was ranked outside the Top 200 in January

Novak Djokovic, who returns to the O2 as world number one, won the title in London from 2012-15, and while the venue has served him well, he believes a move away from London in 2021 must now be considered by the men's Tour. The conditions at the season finale in London are expected to be slightly heavier, but being indoors, with the elements not playing a part, the setting is ideal for Federer's precisely directed weaponry. De Minaur was selected for Newcomer of the Year after reaching a career high ranking of No. 31, which places the 19-year-old as the second-youngest ATP player inside the Top 100.

He joins tennis legends Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal who will also be honoured at the ceremony that will be held on Friday evening's award presentations at the Official Launch of the Nitto ATP Finals.

Djokovic picked up two awards, while Federer continues to dominate the fan favorite category.

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.

He posted a 22-match winning streak from Cincinatti to the Paris Masters, taking in the U.S. Open where he beat Del Potro to earn his 14th Grand Slam title and go equal third on the all-time list with Pete Sampras, behind only Nadal and Federer.

"Being (ranked) number one is probably the ultimate challenge in our sport and the pinnacle of the season", Djokovic, voted by his fellow professionals as the Comeback Player of the Year, told reporters. "I just thought at the time it might take more time than I wished it to be".

'I think if they stay it's definitely a good choice, ' said Federer. Reaching his maiden Grand Slam final at the French Open this year, losing to Rafael Nadal, he comes into this event with a 2-4 win-loss record in London. Djokovic, Zverev, Marin Cilic and John Isner are in the other pool, "Group Guga Kuerten".

"It means a lot to be here", Isner said. "I'll play with confidence", he said.

'This is the biggest event the ATP owns and you have the best eight players in the world in a unique format of the round robin system so you see at least a certain player three times in a week playing and I just feel this is a great leverage and opportunity to promote tennis all around the world.

Anderson is the other debutant and will become the first South African in 23 years to grace the season-ender. He's in Group Lleyton Hewitt with Kevin Anderson, Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori.

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