Federer, Djokovic divided over future venue for ATP Finals

Nishikori was ranked outside the Top 200 in January

Nishikori was ranked outside the Top 200 in January

"If they stay I think it's definitely a good choice", said the Swiss.

However, Djokovic and every other tennis star pales in comparison when it comes to Federer's endorsements, with the 37-year-old, named the highest-paid tennis player by Forbes earlier this year for the 13th year in a row, earning $65 million from endorsements. The veteran said he does not find age a factor in terms of sustaining form and fitness right through to the end of the season. I knew that if they were doing well and I was doing well, I would have struggled. I think I did the same and at the end it came down to a few things.

"It turned to out to be a ideal five months of the year, with two Grand Slam titles", he added.

"I don't want it to move from London, but I just feel the concept of this event is that it is one that travels", the Serb told reporters.

The 31-year-old looked tired in his defeat to the Russian big-hitter Karen Khachanov in the Paris Masters final, but there is no denying that he is back to his sliding, defending, counter-punching best.

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John Isner, like Anderson, will also be making his debut at the tournament. Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic, the players expected to follow in the footsteps of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, have shown no inclination to do so. Thiem has recorded two wins in two editions so far.

Since the start of Wimbledon, he has won 31 out of 33 matches. "We've always been proud of our ability to bring some of the world's best talent to New Zealand, and having players go on and qualify for the Finals just emphasises that" said Budge.

"I look at this next generation, Nishikori, Raonic and Dimitrov, as the one which came after Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi". Federer, who made it to the finals of the Cincinnati Masters and the Shanghai Masters, has only been able to win the Stuttgart Open on grass and his home tournament in Basel since.

Since then Wayne Ferreira and Amanda Coetzer have reached Slam semi-finals but never a final, while Liezel Huber and Wesley Moodie have won major doubles titles.

With more players still to be announced over the coming weeks, the tournament is shaping up to be one of the most well rounded in recent times with strong fields for both the Women's and Men's weeks already confirmed.

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