Agassi brands Federer the favourite over Nadal


Rafael Nadal said Friday he "hopes" to be ready for his opening match at the ATP Finals but admitted he has not been training at 100 percent after an injury scare.

The 19-time Grand Slam champion broke Jack Sock at the start of his 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory at the O2 Arena.

"He was better throughout the year". 2 emphasised that the long format did not require much tampering as it helped a player to stretch a lead. He was incredibly successful throughout.

"I don't see that much wrong with our Tour right now that it needs that much fixing, especially the shorter sets". I couldn't play as much as I've wanted.

In his mid-30s there were those who wondered whether he could come back from such a big injury but he certainly did return in style, also lifting two Grand Slams.

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"If you asked me "do you want changes?' I will say 'no", he said. "So, I don't have any regrets because I feel like in my stage of my competition, my age, either it comes to me or it doesn't", Federer told reporters. That was it for me really.

"It would be great to finish the year playing against him again and to give me another chance", said Nadal, who lost against Federer in the finals of the Australian Open, the Miami Open and the Shanghai Masters, as well as in the fourth round at Indian Wells.

"I would have loved to be in contention through the Montreal finals, Cincinnati, US Open. I'm happy with how it is but maybe in the future you need to do something".

David Goffin is one of three players apart from Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and Jack Sock who will make his first appearance at the ATP Finals in London as a qualifier. "Being here is an important thing but for me the most important thing is everything that happened to me this year, the tournaments, competing nearly every week with a very competitive level of tennis, being healthy until Paris", he said.

The error was all the more surprising given Sock seemed to have given up the point, turning his back to leave Federer facing his backside and with the whole court at his mercy. "But very often in a first match like this, it gets thrown overboard because at the end you're just happy to be serving well".