The ATP World Finals commenced on Monday at the O2 in London and for those lucky enough to have bought tickets they’re witnessing the finest eight tennis players in the world as they battle it out to finish the season on a high.
The ATP finals represent the last chance for glory whether they’ve won a Grand Slam already or have been sniffing about unsuccessfully. Despite a physically gruelling year, with fatigue never far away, the players on show will be keen to put in a performance to stand them in good stead for next year.
Murray was first off and in spite of his slow start he gradually grew into the game winning consecutive sets to take it 2-1. His performance will be a cause for concern with 10 break points dropped, with Berdych’s serves proving to be unwieldy to handle for the Scotsman. Coming off his exit from the Paris Masters just a few days past Murray will be looking to be fit and fresh to try and reach the semi-finals for the first time.
…he was tired before the tournament…
Confirmed as the World No.1 a few days ago, Novak Djokovic continued his good end of season form despatching Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets. Claiming that he was tired before the tournament he flung himself around the court with his typical exuberance.
Federer, attempting to win his seventh ATP World Tour Finals beat Tipsarevic in straight sets to record a record 40th victory this year, overtaking Andy Murray’s current coach Ivan Lendl in the process.