Roger Federer is the bookmakers favourite for tennis’ year-end finale, the ATP World Tour Finals, which culminates on Sunday in London.
Despite being at the relatively advanced age of 36, the Fed Express has shown no signs of slowing. Federer has enjoyed a superlative year on court – claiming seven titles – and is looking to cap it off with what would be a record seventh victory at the star-studded tournament.
The Swiss Maestro arrived at the O2 Arena as the second seed, but after world number one Rafael Nadal pulled out due to a knee injury after just one game, it appears the only thing left for pundits is to pick who will face Federer in the final.
Rising star Alexander Zverev would be the likely candidate, though the German still has one Group B hurdle to overcome in the form of Jack Sock to reach the semi-finals. The talented 20-year-old looked the part in his Tuesday tie with Federer, grabbing the second set, but the veteran was better in the big moments.
Meanwhile, over in Group A, world number six Grigor Dimitrov has been quietly going about his business, racking up consecutive wins over David Goffin and Dominic Thiem, dropping just one set and booking a spot in the final four.
The Bulgarian was particularly impressive coming forward, winning 70% of his net points in his straight set win over Goffin.
Finally, Thiem has a must-win encounter with David Goffin, where he will be the favourite, but an inconsistent run of late has backed up the theory that the faster hard courts are not his preferred surface. As such, the Austrian is a long shot to reach Sunday’s final.