David Goffin: 'Nadal is the toughest opponent to start Finals' campaign'


Eight-time Grand slam victor and American legend Andre Agassi believes that Roger Federer is the favourite to win the ATP World Tour Finals as Rafael Nadal does not do well late in the year because of "wear and tear". Nadal is still calibrating the risk involved in participating in London after an injury scare, which saw him retire prematurely from the Paris Masters in the quarter-finals last week.

"It's wonderful to be back, especially after missing past year with injury", he added.

Nadal is guaranteed to end the year as world No. 1, irrespective of his performance at the finals, which begin Sunday and end on November 19. And the 31-year-old has now suggested his participation is in doubt. "I know it can be somewhat intriguing but at the same time the longer sets allow you to stretch a lead, it's more comfortable at times", he said.

This will be the first time the Bulgarian is set to appear at the ATP Finals after he achieved a career-high world number six position. "I probably do it three times a year, it's not a normal tactic". "Just full steam ahead every match that comes".

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"He's the No.1 player in the world, had the best season of us all and is a superstar of our game".

The 36-year-old Federer broke the American in the first game and went on to take the first set 6-4 in just 36 minutes.

Goffin, who had also further boosted his profile by breaking into the top 10 for the first time, enjoyed further title success at the Japan Open.

If the Spaniard pulls out of the event it would be a huge blow to organisers, with the likes of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray already missing from this year's event, giving the eight-man field a lopsided look.

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Thiem's achievements this year include an 8th ATP World Tour title but perhaps most notably will his promising performance at the Roland Garros, making it all the way to the final.

The victory over Djokovic meant Thiem had beaten each of the "Big Four" once and it is a stat like that which makes him a unsafe opponent for any of the other competitors.

"Definitely he can move better, he can serve better", was the up-to-date judgment of Federer, who faced Murray in an exhibition match for charity in Glasgow last week and said he has missed him on the tour. In a lot of ways he wasn't himself at the US Open and leading up to it.

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