Djokovic, 31, has won five victories in 11 appearances in ATP finals © AFP
Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic and Swiss Roger Federer will join Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the ATP Finals, the Association of Tennis Professionals announced Saturday. Djokovic won a place in the eight-man season finale tournament, which will be held from 11 to 18 November at the O2 Arena in London, after defeating the Japanese Kei Nishikori to establish a final showdown of the US Open against the Argentine Juan Martin del Potro. . Djokovic, 31, has won five victories in 11 appearances in the ATP finals with a record of 31-11, but missed last year's tournament due to an elbow injury. The former World No. 1 returned to the top this summer, becoming the first player to win all nine ATP Masters tournaments after winning the Cincinnati Masters, as well as his fourth Wimbledon title.
With a place in the finals of the ATP to his credit, Djokovic paved the way for Federer, the winner of the Australian Open, to secure his 16th appearance in the tournament thanks to the rule of "Grand Slam Champion".
According to the ATP, this rule "reserves a place in the field of eight men for a Grand Slam champion of the current year that ends between numbers 8-20 in the ATP Race To London."
With Nadal, champion of the French Open in 2018, and Djokovic already secured a place in the tournament, Federer became the only Grand Slam champion to qualify for the event, since Del Potro can participate in the tournament by points if you win the US Open title.