London is all set to host 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals from November 9-16, 2014. The city will see the participation of the top eight players of the world who will take on each other for the ultimate year-ending glory! What makes the tournament unique is its format of featuring only the best eight singles player who have proved their mettle and qualified for the event. But even among the eight players and especially in the absence of last year’s finalist Rafael Nadal, a lot will be at stake for the reigning champion Novak Djokovic and World No. 2 Roger Federer, for the winner takes it all – the prize money of 6,500,000 US dollars and year-ending World No. 1 ranking.
The 2014 ATP World Tour Finals is to take place on the indoor hard court of The O2 Arena, London, United Kingdom. We take a look at the form and run of the eight players at the London ATP World Tour Finals:
The 27-year-old Serb will be coming to the O2 Arena riding high on his 20th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title win at the BNP Paribas Masters. He is the player to beat at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, for he is not only the two-time defending champion but also current World No. 1. He had defeated Roger Federer in 2012 and Rafael Nadal in 2013 to take the year-end championships title. He would hope to successfully defend his title three times in a row.
Six-times ATP World Tour championship winner Roger Federer is again amongst the forerunners to snatch the title glory as well as the top ranking from current World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. The 33-year-old has had quite a phenomenal run at the tour and has come close to toppling Djokovic, provided he takes the title with help coming from an early ouster of the Serb in London. Roger Federer has definitely had a resurgence in 2014 and will hope to end the season on a positive note.
He started off the year on a pleasantly surprising note, as he captured the Australia Open beating Rafael Nadal. He went on to continue his fine run throughout the year, bagging three titles and a healthy ranking of World No. 4. Stan was replaced from his Swiss No. 1 ranking by Roger Federer, but he definitely remains a strong contender provided his lethal back-hand is firing all cylinders.
Definitely one of the emerging players on the men’s tennis tour, Kei Nishikori came close to winning his maiden grand slam title, only to falter in the finals at Flushing Meadows. The 24-year-old, under the guidance of former tennis great Michael Chang, has flourished and evolved as a player. Pitted in the same draw as that of Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Milos Raonic, the World No. 5 will look forward to making his maiden ATP Tour Finals appearance memorable.
There were a lot of ifs and buts on whether the Briton would be able to qualify for the year-ending championships. But Murray managed to scrape through to the final eight players list, thanks to his fitness and the pull-out of Rafael Nadal. Andy Murray understands the grim of missing the ultimate showdown of champions since he could not participate last year in the tour finals owing to a neck injury.
Tomas Berdych has been one of the consistent players on the tour, but his inability to win a major title does not make him a potential threat in the upcoming tournament. He will have to muster courage and get that win against the former winners and prove his place in the London Tour Finals.
The young Canadian is among the string of rising players that have produced some phenomenal results this year. He reached his career high of a world ranking of 6. He pipped his closest compatriot Grigor Dimitrov to make to his maiden ATP Tour finals. He is drawn in the same group as that of Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori.
From nowhere came the 25-year-old Croatian and took the men’s tennis world by storm. He battled against many odds including drug abuse charges and suspension to finally take his maiden grand slam title home with the US Open 2014. And once again he will be seen as the dark horse who could pull out a surprising result at the end of tournament.
Get ready for yet another exciting edition of ATP World Tour Finals!