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LONDON, ENGLAND – Rafael Nadal holds on to the year-end No. 1 but can he conquer the indoor surface and win the season-ending final?




Tournament Fast Facts

Level Season Ending Final
Surface Hard (I)
Singles Draw 8
Doubles Draw 8
Prize Money Total: $8,000,000
Top seeds Rafael Nadal [1]

Roger Federer [2]

Alexander Zverev [3]

Dominic Thiem [4]

Marin Cilic [5]

Grigor Dimitrov [6]

David Goffin [7]

Jack Sock [8]

Group Pete Sampras Rafael Nadal [1]

Grigor Dimitrov [6]

David Goffin [7]

Dominic Thiem [4]

Pablo Carreno Busta [ALT]

Bottom Half Roger Federer [2]

Alexander Zverev [3]

Marin Cilic [5]

Jack Sock [8]


Draw & Results

Tournament Website
Order of Play


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[1] Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal US Open 2017, Flushing Meadows, New York

Photo by Ella Ling/REX/Shutterstock | Rafael Nadal US Open 2017, Flushing Meadows, New York

All change at the top as injuries laid waste to the usual suspects at this time of the year. With Nadal and Roger Federer sorting out the four Slams of the year between them, the challenge is on to keep the chasing pack this year at bay.

However, worryingly for Nadal, his knee played up enough to see him withdraw from the Paris Masters before his quarter-final match to leave him fit enough to see out the season. The hard surface can be unforgiving for him, as he bids to score the one title that has eluded him.

The good news for Nadal is that he has winning records over all the others in his group, but the not so good news maybe is that he has never faced David Goffin or Dominic Thiem on any other surface apart from clay.

His step to take some extra time to ease his knees – coupled with his success having really taken the time to focus on playing less, and recovering more could well help him on his way.


[2] Roger Federer

Roger Federer US Open 2017, Flushing Meadows, New York

Photo by Mike Frey/BPI/REX/Shutterstock | Roger Federer US Open 2017, Flushing Meadows, New York

Even though his withdrawal from Paris meant Federer’s charge for the season-ending No. 1 fell by the wayside, he comes to London well rested. Putting aside his spin (in a kilt, no less at Andy Murray’s charity exhibition match, Federer looked in good form.

The surface suits him and his record at the season finale (six wins) makes him the favourite to cap a remarkable year with another bit of silverware.

Much like Nadal – his decision to cut out swathes of his season to keep his fitness intact has stood hi in good stead – and it has not always been easy on the Swiss. A back injury saw him struggle against Alexander Zverev in the Montreal final, and pull out of the Cincinnati Masters – with a quarter-final exit at the US Open. Since then though he is on a 10-match winning streak, and few would count against seeing him in the final in a couple of weeks’ time.


[3] Alexander Zverev

Photo by PETE MAROVICH/EPA/REX/Shutterstock | Alexander Zverev

Perhaps given the chaotic lead up to the ATP Next Gen Final in Milan, Zverev might be relieved he was not involved in the draw shenanigans, as he makes his debut at the World Tour Finals. Since winning the Masters title in Montreal, his second this year, he had a disappointing second round exit at the US Open and has been a bit up and down with an early exit in Paris.

The rest might be what he needed though, and landing in Federer’s group but he might feel buoyed knowing that he got the better of an albeit ailing Federer in Canada.

Widely regarded as the heir to the ‘Big Four’ it will be interesting to see how he handles the format at the end of a breakthrough year.


[4] Dominic Thiem

Charles Baus/CSM/REX/Shutterstock | Dominic Thiem

The other half of the new dynamic duo also is an ATP World Tour Finals newcomer, as Thiem rounds out the top four seeds. Outside of his titles on his favoured clay, Thiem had his best run in the autumn in Cincinnati, reaching the quarter-final, and the fourth round of the US Open, and since then has yet to put together back to back wins.


The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals start Sunday 12 November.

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