Monday October 30, 2017
The first two men to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals this year are no strangers to the game. Rafael Nadal, enjoying his 10th French Open title this year and backing it up with his win at the US Open, qualified first. Then came a certain Roger Federer, enjoying his own comeback this year after injury last year. In a similar story to Rafa, Roger took the remaining two Grand Slam titles this year and was next to qualify for the year-end event.
With the absence of Murray, Djokovic, and Wawrinka (not to mention a few other big names), the remainder of the field looks set to introduce some new names into the mix. The third and fourth spots in the singles field have been taken by two men long touted as being among the next generation of players. Alexander Zverev qualifies for the first time, while Dominic Thiem makes it his second year in the field.
But who will claim the final four spots? Grigor Dimitrov looks set to make it, currently ranked fifth, just a few points ahead of Marin Cilic. Dimitrov has never got to the finals before. David Goffin also has an excellent chance of getting through. Pablo Carreno Busta and Sam Querrey also have a shot at making it to London, although this will depend on the outcome of forthcoming tournaments.
Whoever makes it into the field, we’re guaranteed a week of exciting tennis. And of course, there is the doubles field to look at too. Kubot and Melo, Kontinen and Peers, Rojer and Tecau, and Murray and Soares have qualified. So too have the Bryan brothers, Herbert and Mahut, and Harrison and Venus. Just one spot remains to be taken there, with several teams still in with a chance.
It looks set to be an exciting week of round robin events at the O2, starting on 12th November. Then we move on to the semi-finals and then the final. Last year, Andy Murray won the event for the first time, securing the year-end world number one spot as he did so. This year, would you bet against Rafael Nadal securing his first title here?