Djokovic hails ‘perfect 5 months’ as he targets ATP Finals glory

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But Ferreira finished the race in ninth place and needed an Andre Agassi injury to get in, whereas Anderson has qualified as of right as the sixth-best player of this year.

In 1974, South Africa became the first nation to win the Davis Cup other than one of the four Grand Slam powers (USA, GB, France, Australia), but it won the final by default as India refused to play the apartheid regime.

Fast forward to past year and after cutting his season short in August after scans revealed a tear in one of his tendons, Nishikori was forced to ask himself the question that no top sports athlete in their prime ever was to contemplate - retirement.

The Spaniard has not played since he pulled out midway though his semifinal match against Juan Martin del Potro at the US Open in September due to a knee injury.

The event brings together the eight highest ranked fit players in the World to bring the curtain down on the 2018 season. "I think the options clearly are also important to look at".

What was to follow this year has seen Nishikori dig deep through perseverance, not giving up his childhood dream of becoming a professional tennis player and pure determination to reach the top of the game again.

'I'm confident that if he does feel 100 per cent it's not going to be a problem for him to play at the very top.

'I feel like he's very quickly played a top 30 level, ' said Federer of what he saw from Murray this summer.

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"I had the most difficulty with my feelings. Honestly, the thought that my tennis career is over crossed my mind".

Djokovic heads the Gustavo Kuerten group and will begin against big-serving American debutant John Isner on Monday before tackling German wunderkind Alexander Zverev, making his second appearance, and Croatian powerhouse Marin Cilic.

At the US Open Nishikori was about to announce to the world that he was well and truly back.

"But there was always part of me that believed I could make it back and I never thought it was impossible".

He's in Group Lleyton Hewitt with Kevin Anderson, Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori.

Djokovic has made an incredible comeback following elbow surgery early in the year, overcoming indifferent form to win Wimbledon and the US Open and haul himself back to the number one spot.

In April, Nishikori was ranked No 74 in the year-to-date world rankings.

Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic secured the ATP world No 1 doubles team award, while Spain's Tommy Robredo earned the Arthur Ashe humanitarian award.

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