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Federer targets the magic 100 as the ATP Finals loom in London

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Federer targets the magic 100 as the ATP Finals loom in London

Federer targets the magic 100 as the ATP Finals loom in London

Roger Federer aims to win the 100th tour title of his career and lauds London's O2 Arena ahead of next week's ATP Finals in the British capital.

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Federer targets the magic 100 as the ATP Finals loom in London

SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (NOVEMBER 9, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

ROGER FEDERER WALKING INTO NEWS CONFERENCE 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SIX-TIMES ATP FINALS WINNER, ROGER FEDERER, TALKING ABOUT THE CHANCE OF WINNING A 100TH TOUR TITLE, SAYING: "I don't think it matters really where I win my 100th, as long as it's going to happen at one point, that's going to be exciting.

I think if I won here it's more about winning the World Tour finals and not by winning my 100th.

I love playing this event, I always have.

Ever since qualified for the very first time back in 2002, that was a massive highlight in my career to be amongst the best 8, and I actually had a great run too that very first time in Shanghai.

Now here at the O2 we've had some great crowds, beautiful, great venue." 3.

WHITE FLASH 4.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SIX-TIMES ATP FINALS WINNER, ROGER FEDERER, TALKING ABOUT POTENTIALLY MOVING THE TOURNAMENT AWAY FROM LONDON, SAYING: "If they stay then I think it's definitely a good choice.

I don't know what the options are, I think the options clearly are also important to look at." 5.

WHITE FLASH 6.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SIX-TIMES ATP FINALS WINNER, ROGER FEDERER, TALKING ABOUT POTENTIALLY MOVING THE TOURNAMENT AWAY FROM LONDON, SAYING: "If the O2 is happy, the crowds keep still flocking, coming here to this venue.

The tour has a good deal, then why not stay here, I don't see there's a reason to change." 7.

WHITE FLASH 8.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SIX-TIMES ATP FINALS WINNER, ROGER FEDERER, TALKING ABOUT POTENTIALLY MOVING THE TOURNAMENT AWAY FROM LONDON, SAYING: "It's been a winning formula here, I've enjoyed playing in a city that knows tennis very well.

It's got a strong media following as well and it's been a good place for us, the players to showcase our talents to be honest.

The year-end season after Paris has been an easy one (in terms of travel)." STORY: Roger Federer is targeting victory at the ATP Finals in London next week that would bring up a century of tour titles.

The Swiss was speaking at a news conference in the British capital on Friday (November 9) ahead of next week's tournament at the O2 Arena, and is gearing up for a fresh assault on the end-of-season extravaganza having not won it since 2011.

Federer has lifted the trophy on a record six occasions, but has lost three finals - all to current world number one Novak Djokovic - since his last victory at the O2.

The 37-year-old has enjoyed a good year on court having won January's Australian Open as well as three Masters 500 Series titles, including last month in his hometown Basel.

The world number three is the second seed in London due to Rafael Nadal's absence through injury and faces Kevin Anderson, Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori in the Lleyton Hewitt group.

Victory would make him just the second player in history on the men's tour to win 100 tour titles - after Jimmy Connors who won 109.

Novak Djokovic heads into the ATP Finals as the favourite after a glittering 2018 season which yielded two grand slam titles - Wimbledon and the US Open.

Djokovic is in the Guga Kuerten group alongside Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and John Isner.




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