Roger Federer, 36, gears up for the Nitto ATP Finals at the O2 Arena in London. The last tennis show of the ATP calendar has the all mighty Swiss as a prime contender. Returning to London after a two-year break, Roger Federer will put the cap on a surreal season. Finding new ways to keep himself motivated after getting past the 35 limit, he would love to clinch the ATP Finals trophy again. It would be the consolation prize for failing to finish the year at the ATP summit.

What's truly amazing is how he was able to keep himself relevant throughout the whole year.

Except for the clay court swing which he entirely skipped it, Federer was the name to put the money at pretty much all ATP events with a sole exception at the US Open where the shadow of a possible back injury hampered his chances.

There are no more talks about his retirement

Holding an impressive 49-4 win/ loss record in 2017, Roger Federer will end the year as the world No. 2. His late surge after a long hiatus back in 2016 had another effect too; there are no more debates revolving around his professional career being at dusk. It's an obvious difference compared to the same period of time from twelve months ago. Somehow, the Swiss Maestro managed to transform a gloomy perspective into a fascinating twilight.

Ending almost five years of drought in terms of winning Grand Slams, Federer can brag about having won 19 Majors overall. Moreover, he added three Masters 1000 titles to the pile. Thus, a triumph in London next week will be the perfect way to say goodbye to a tremendous year.

Apparently, the world re-lives the year of 2007 when Federer was in his prime dominating the ATP World Tour.

But make no mistakes, he is not growing any younger. Although his yield in 2017 has been one to remember, he is still walking a thin line.

Federer played Murray for charity, seeks London success next

Yesterday, an "Andy Murray Live" charity event in Glasgow had Andy Murray taking on Roger Federer in an exhibition brawl.It was the first appearance for Murray since that Wimbledon defeat and one thing was obvious; he is not fully recovered yet.

On the other side, Federer hit the tennis court for the first time since winning the final of Swiss Indoors Basel.

Nitto ATP Finals had the group stage draw earlier today. There are two groups and they bear the names of two iconic players, namely Pete Sampras and Boris Becker.

Roger Federer leads a tricky group (Boris Becker) that includes Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and Jack Sock. On the other side, the Pete Sampras gathers Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin.