Argentinean player Thiago Tirante spoke about how it felt like to train with the ATP Finals' qualifiers in London earlier this month. Tirante said: "I was dreaming with open eyes. It's really crazy. I could spend time with the best guys and training with Federer was very good.
I got a lot of experience. We played a couple of games and it was all good. Training with Rafa Nadal was a dream come true. As a kid, I used his racket and wore his outfits. The top players all hit the ball very strongly." The ATP Finals was won by Stefanos Tsitsipas who defeated Dominic Thiem in the final.
Federer scored his first win over Novak Djokovic since the 2015 World Tour Finals, avenging his loss at the Wimbledon final. Rafael Nadal exited the tournament after the round-robin stages. However, Djokovic's loss to Federer meant the Spaniard clinched the year-end no.
1 ranking to become the oldest player to finish the year as the world No. 1. Meanwhile, among the women, Belinda Bencic spoke about her WTA Finals semi-final loss: "I look back at it with positive feelings. It was extremely painful after losing the semifinals.
I knew I had what I needed to win. I hope to reach the final again and have a new chance." On her new season, Bencic said: "It starts in Shenzhen on January 6. I wanted to go earlier to Australia, now we changed plans.
Then I compete at the Australian Open." On her goals for 2020: "They are the same as last year. I want to compete at a high level on a consistent basis and stay consistently on the top ten."