Rafael Nadal — ATP Finals Preview

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Nadal actually didn't receive any of the official accolades, with 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov named Most Improved Player of the Year.

"When I get back on the court next year and start playing again, it might not come immediately at the beginning of the year", he said on Tuesday before a charity match against Federer in Glasgow. "(But) my plan is to play here and be competing well".

Federer, who is in London for the ATP Finals, talked about the new changes and said that he had enjoyed watching the matches on TV but suggested management to take caution.

Germany's Alexander Zverev, Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, Belgian David Goffin and American Jack Sock - all first-time qualifiers - are not second-rate stand-ins.

Agassi answered a handful of questions from ESPN.com on what we can expect starting Sunday in London.

"We have been very slow and protective", Fagniez said. Are they the favorites to win here?

This format is already used in doubles across the ATP Tour, where it is not popular with players. This has generally not been popular with the players, but it is something of an anachronism that shots that hit the tape within a point are played while serves are not. Who knows with Roger.

But despite failing to get one over on his old foe this season, Nadal pointed out that he had not faced Federer on his favoured clay and insists that he doesn't need to beat Federer in order to gain confidence. It would be a huge catastrophe if the duo fail to finish in the top two of their respective groups, leading to their shock exits. "It's as simple as that".

"We have to wait a little bit but I hope to be ready for it". "So, it's much easier to push extra on every single match". My focus has been the big picture moving forward with Novak.

"I've won two Masters this year".

Federer is a record six-time Finals champion, but the last of those successes came in 2011. "That's a great achievement for me". It's a great arena.

Agassi: It gives you the chance to strike out, right? He's now lost seven straight sets to Federer. I go day by day, how I'm feeling. I really think that, especially Roger. The likes of Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori are also absent.

Yet between them they have returned from injuries and defied Father Time by dominating the year - Federer winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon to reach 19 majors, with Nadal taking a 10th French Open and the U.S. Open.

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