October 23, 2017
Juan Martin Del Potro won his first title of the season by beating Grigor Dimitrov in Stockholm.
And many will be hoping the gentle giant can force his way into the year-end finals in London with a late surge.
In this incredible year for tennis, arguably the world’s favourite three players are all finishing in sparkling form.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal recently contested a final in China, while Del Potro retained his crown in Sweden to achieve career title number twenty.
After dispatching Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2, Del Potro said: ‘I played my best match of the week, unlucky for that, sorry Grigor.’
Delpo still needs to make up 470 points on Pablo Carrena Busta if he wants to join the ATP party in London, though.
Meanwhile in the women’s equivalent in Singapore, Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza is already shining.
She beat Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-4 to join Karolina Pliskova, 6-2, 6-2 conqueror of Venus Williams, at the top of White Group at the WTA Finals.
In Basel, Switzerland, Roger Federer was due to face a tough opener against Frances Tiafoe, as he tries to keep his hopes of snatching Rafa’s world number one crown alive.
Federer, who admits he feels the pressure on home territory, won’t be complacent as he seeks to finish an extraordinary year in style over the next few weeks.
Then he will have a well-earned rest before he tries to do it all again in 2018. And Nadal will be out to push the great man all the way once more.
The good news for tennis fans is that we have every reason to believe we can look forward to another very special year. And let’s face it, 2017 was beyond our wildest dreams.
Amazing to think we can do it all again in 2018 and savour the living legends as they hit fresh heights.
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