Roger Federer to make record 15th appearance at ATP Finals
Roger Federer has booked his place at the season-ending ATP Finals in London after his Wimbledon triumph
Roger Federer has qualified for the season-ending ATP Finals in London for a 15th time after his historic Wimbledon triumph on Sunday.
The most successful player in the history of the season finale, 35-year-old Federer clinched his place alongside Rafael Nadal in the elite eight-man field by winning a record eighth Wimbledon title, and will return to London from 12-19 November to compete at The O2.
“I look forward to returning to London in November,” said Federer. “I was sad not to be able to compete last year as I love playing there and had not missed the event since 2002.”
Federer made a record 14 straight appearances at the prestigious season-ending tournament from 2002-15, compiling a 52-12 match record with titles in 2003-04, 2006-07, 2010-11. He also reached the final on four other occasions, finishing runner-up to David Nalbandian in 2005 and to Novak Djokovic in 2012, ’14-15.
More than 13 years after he first ascended to world number one, Federer is back to challenging for the top spot in the Emirates ATP Rankings.
After sitting out the last six months of the 2016 season, Federer made his comeback by defeating four Top 10 players – including five-sets victories over Stan Wawrinka and Nadal respectively in the semi-finals and final – en route to the Australian Open crown.
He swept the March Masters, winning back-to-back ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (d. Wawrinka) and the Miami Open presented by Itau (d. Nadal). Ahead of Wimbledon, Federer lifted his ninth Gerry Weber Open trophy in Halle, recording his 1100th match win during his title run (second to only Jimmy Connors with 1256 match wins).
With his runner-up finish at Wimbledon, two-time qualifier Marin Cilic boosts his Nitto ATP Finals bid, climbing six spots to number five in the Emirates ATP Race to London.
Dominic Thiem and Stan Wawrinka are next in line to qualify, while Alexander Zverev, five-time winner Djokovic and defending champion Andy Murray round out the top eight.