In previous matches, Anderson has a 6-2 head to head lead, but this year, Thiem has won both their meetings in straight sets.
So retirement is not part of the picture just yet: Federer still has fish to fry. To match Connors, Federer would need two more similarly productive seasons if he were to play through 2020: a reasonable assumption with the Olympics in Tokyo that year and the Olympic gold medal in singles the only major tennis prize Federer lacks. Before this final, Djokovic had lost just one in 32 matches since the first match at Wimbledon in July. "I just feel maybe 10 years in one place is a bit too much and not because of London and not because of anything to do with this event", the Serb said.
"I'm satisfied, of course (with this week)", said Djokovic in the post-match press conference in Paris last Sunday. "For me (towelling) it's more of a superstition than something which has an actual use".
"I'm really happy that I've been playing really good tennis for the last couple of months after the US Open and I hope I can have one more good week next week here", he said. "I'd tied Pete [Sampras]'s record of the most Grand Slam wins and then I broke it the following month". "I'm going to be No.1 tomorrow officially". The second of the 2018 tennis season has been incredibly kind to the Serbian.
The top eight players in the ATP's Race to London qualify for the tournament, but two of those players-Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro-had to pull out with injuries. Tournament victory of his unique career. Fans can continue relishing the rivalry among the three men who could each lay claim for being the greatest of all time. He reached his first ATP Masters 1000 final in Toronto, and won his first title in Stockholm, as well as reached the fourth round at Wimbledon.
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.
"I don't know what I'll be doing when I'm 37". "They know that if they miss a target with a serve by 4 inches, they in all likelihood will be in a defensive position in one or two shots". Cilic, Anderson, Nishikori and Thiem are all Grand Slam finalists but topping Federer and Djokovic in London might be a huge ask of them.
While Zverev does not support numerous new innovations at the Next Gen Finals - a tournament for the best players aged 21 and under and which he skipped to play at the ATP Finals in London, he says towel rails or boxes could be a benefit.