Nishikori set for ATP Finals test after bouncing back from slump

He fell to Marin Cilic in the final of the 2014 US Open

I don't see there's a reason to change, unless someone else really wants it badly and would support the tour in a big way...

ALEX de Minaur has been hailed as ATP World Tour newcomer of the year, sharing year-ending honours with Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. It's been a good place to play and showcase our talents.

Cilic, Anderson, Nishikori and Thiem are all Grand Slam finalists. He also recently pulled out of the ATP Finals in London that begins November 11 after failing to recover.

In 1974, South Africa became the first nation to win the Davis Cup other than one of the four Grand Slam powers (USA, GB, France, Australia), but it won the final by default as India refused to play the apartheid regime.

Two recent defeats to Federer will be fresh in Nishikori's mind but he did compete well in their Shanghai and Paris matches so he certainly has what it takes to test the six-time champion.

But just like his Argentine counterpart, it has been a career of niggling injuries.

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This was a decision Nishikori and his team will look back on whatever the outcome is at the Tour Finals next week and know that they made the right call. I just can't tell you how he's feeling'.

'I feel like he's very quickly played a top 30 level, ' said Federer of what he saw from Murray this summer. "Honestly, the thought that my tennis career is over crossed my mind".

The 28-year-old said his confidence increased after the French Open and Wimbledon - he reached the semi-finals at the US Open, where he lost to Novak Djokovic. A devastating loss to Russian Daniil Medvedev in front of his home faithful in the final of the Tokyo Open was sure to be one of toughest losses of his year but again this was progress - he was now 12th in the world rankings.

The 25-year-old's opponents in the Lleyton Hewitt group for the round-robin stage are Roger Federer, Kevin Anderson and Kei Nishikori.

"But there was always part of me that believed I could make it back and I never thought it was impossible".

In April, Nishikori was ranked No 74 in the year-to-date world rankings.

The Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year was given, by ATP, to Tommy Robredo.

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