Rafael Nadal's injury scare looms large over ATP Finals, possible Fedal clash

Andrew Cummings
November 13, 2017

Jack Sock's singles success is highlighted by four ATP titles which include the Paris Masters win. "I can't predict what might happen in the next couple of days, but my feeling is that I'm here to play and to try my best". He's taken his time and has proven to be a person that makes pretty good decisions.

Nadal was presented with the year-end award immediately after Federer began his quest for a seventh ATP Finals title by beating Jack Sock 6-4 7-6 (4) at the O2 Arena yesterday.

Maybe it was just a weekend thing, or the fact that the first match on was doubles, but the crowd - eventually filling the stands around the court - couldn't complain about a lack of entertainment.

Federer, the oldest player to qualify for the ATP Finals since 1970, looked aghast as two break points went begging at 3-3 and another two at 4-4 in the second set.

Federer also had to deal with the heartache of a season-ending injury last term, missing the 2016 Olympics because of vital knee surgery.

"It was a courageous move for him to just put himself out there, give it a go", said Federer.

Federer's chances of succeeding in the tournament are higher than before as World No.1 Rafael Nadal is unsure of participating due to a knee injury.

More errors had crept into the Zverev game and although the youngster got the help of Hawk-eye to deny Cilic a set point, the Croat soon served out to square the contest.

However, Zverev then played some sensational tennis, in his first appearance at the event, to take the final set 6-4.

Federer's win saw him improve to a 50-4 win-loss record in what has been a spectacular year that has included two grand slam titles.

Sock started the second set in style, holding to love in a game sealed by a stunning cross-court forehand that left Federer stranded.

"It was a big distraction, I'll tell you that", Federer joked about Sock's backside, "because it was very big".

Sock started the year well winning Auckland and Delray Beach in the first two months of the season and going deep at Indian Wells and Miami but he went on a five-match losing streak between August and October and his challenge faded.

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