London’s O2 arena once again hosts the ATP World Tour Finals featuring eight of the world’s top male tennis players. Sadly for us Brits, there will be no Andy Murray as the Wimbledon champion is ruled out following back surgery. But there is still plenty to look out for when the tournament gets underway.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic, the man defeated by Murray in that memorable Wimbledon final in July, has had another excellent season. He defeated Murray in the Australian Open final to claim his sixth Grand Slam, and reached the final of the US Open losing to an inspired Rafael Nadal. The man from Serbia is a dangerous opponent for any player and I fancy him to go well in London.
After a hard time with injuries, Rafael Nadal seems to be back somewhere near the top of his game. He brilliantly won the US Open in September for his 13th Grand Slam title and is currently world no. 1. Like Djokovic, no one will be wanting to face Nadal at his best so expect him to feature heavily in the tournament.
…still dangerous when in top form…
Roger Federer looked to be slipping away from the summit of world tennis after what, by his standards, might be considered a disappointing year- his least successful tour year since 2001. But in recent weeks the Swiss player has secured his spot in London for his 12th consecutive finals appearance and is still dangerous when in top form.
Stanislas Wawrinka will also be one to watch as he makes his ATP World Tour Finals debut. The Pole has had a superb year, his best to date, and would deserve to see it crowned with victory in this tournament.
The tournament begins on November 4th and let’s hope a high standard of tennis is on show after a long hard season for these players.