ATP Finals: Dominic Thiem profile

Carrie Guzman
November 11, 2018

It happens annually and signifies the season's end.

The 31-year-old, who slipped to 22nd in the world in May, admitted that after his surgery it looked improbable that he would finish the year as number one.

Federer and Djokovi, who have 34 Grand Slams between them, are the top two bills for the tournament that lacks star power like the injured Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin del Potro, former champion Andy Murray as well as defending champion Grigor Dimitrov.

The Swiss has won two of his record six titles at the event at London's O2 Arena where the ATP's prestigious season-ender has been playing to packed crowds since 2009.

Anderson cut a dignified and relaxed figure as he met the media at Friday's pre-tournament media day.

By the time he reached the US Open final in 2014, he had already won three ATP titles and beaten Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Both men are guaranteed at least three matches in the round robin format, with the best players and pairs going through to semi-finals and finals.

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The ATP Finals, as it is now known, began in Tokyo in 1970 and spent six years on the road before a 13-year stint in NY and a six-year stay in Frankfurt before spells in Hanover, Lisbon, Sydney, Houston and Shanghai.

"It's extra special this season because of the whole journey I've been through the past 15 months, particularly the last eight months, after surgery in February". "I just feel the concept of this event should be the one that travels. I think if I won here it's more about winning the World Tour Finals and not about winning my 100th".

"It turned to out to be a flawless five months of the year, with two Grand Slam titles", he added.

World number one, Novak Djokovic features in the other group and he will play on Monday against John Isner in the evening session, following the afternoon match between Alexander Zverev and Marin Cilic.

Isner hopes to make a similar impact to compatriot Jack Sock, who reached the semis on his debut past year before losing to eventual champion Grigor Dimitrov.

"I've learned a lot from the two previous visits here", said Thiem. He's had an incredible second half to the year.

"But it's been great here, I've enjoyed playing here". He's in Group Lleyton Hewitt with Kevin Anderson, Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori.

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