After Novak Djokovic's win over Kei Nishikori in the semi-final of the US Open, both the Serb and Roger Federer have qualified for the year-end ATP Finals, joining Rafael Nadal among the elite eight players that will top the ATP Race after Paris Masters and fight for 1500 points and the prestigious title in London O2 Arena. These two have won 11 of the last 14 titles at the ATP Finals and they will be among the favorites to meet in the title match again after 2012, 2014 and 2015.
Novak Djokovic has qualified for the elite ATP event for the 11th time in the last 12 years, missing the action last year when he had to skip the entire season after Wimbledon due to an elbow injury. A five-time ATP Finals champion was not in a good position in the first five months of 2018, playing just six ATP tournaments before Rome and scoring six wins and 335 points in total! That all changed at the Italian Masters where he advanced into the semi-final, followed by the quarter-final run at Roland Garros, the final at Queen's and the title at Wimbledon, his 13th Major crown that marked the best possible comeback of one of the best players in history.
Novak has become the first player who has completed Career Golden Masters after defeating Roger Federer in the final of Cincinnati and he will play for his third US Open crown against Juan Martin del Potro on Sunday, winning 33 out of 37 matches after Madrid.
Djokovic is currently second in the ATP Race and if he wins the US Open he will be just 1000 points behind Nadal, with a great chance to finish the season as the world number 1. The 37-year-old Roger Federer will play at the ATP Finals for the 16th time in the last 17 years, skipping the event only in 2016 when he was injured and reaching the finals 10 times so far, with the record-breaking six titles.
55 wins he scored at this tournament are also the record and he will have a chance to add more in November, standing as the oldest player in the draw. Federer is currently fourth in the ATP Race with 4800 points but he has secured the place in the London due to a 'Grand Slam Champion rule' as he will certainly finish in the Top 20.
Roger has played just nine tournaments this season, winning the Australian Open, Rotterdam and Stuttgart, losing in the final at Indian Wells to Juan Martin del Potro and also in Halle and Cincinnati to Borna Coric and Novak Djokovic.
John Millman has stunned him in the fourth round of the US Open but Roger will certainly bounce back and raise his level for the last couple of tournaments he is going to ply by the end of the season, eyeing his seventh crown at the ATP Finals.