The race to the ATP World Tour Finals

By Pippa Birchall

Barclays ATOP World Tour finals competitors

The world’s top eight tennis players will battle it out at the 02 arena from November 5th to 12th to become the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals champion.

The ATP World Tour Final is held every year and is the last championship of the professional tennis season.

The difference in this competition to the likes of Wimbledon or the US Open is that only the top eight ranking players in the world are invited to compete.

Only six players have qualified so far for the finals including Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych.

The world number one, Roger Federer, is a likely contender to take the title as he celebrates a world record of 300 weeks at number one and has already won the ATP finals six times before.

Britain’s beloved Andy Murray will enter the competition with confidence after winning the US Open and gold at the London 2012 Olympics earlier this year.

Serbian Novak Djokovic opened this year’s season by winning his third straight Grand Slam title at the Australian Open and has already won the ATP title in 2008.

The fan favourite Rafael Nadal has not been seen on the court since his shock defeat against world number 100 Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon and has been suffering with a knee injury ever since. However could he make a comeback at the end of this year?

David Ferrer, known as ‘the wall’ as he will chase down every last tennis ball, has reached the 2007 ATP final and has qualified for the championship for a third straight year.

Tomas Berdych is the most recent player to be added to the final eight. The Czech has also qualified for the ATP final for the third consecutive year.

There are only two places remaining for the race to the London 02 Arena which will be decided in the next week.

It is tough to see who will win the final at this early stage but will the British crowd be enough to secure a win for Murray on his home turf?

Tickets are still available at: http://www.atpworldtour.com/Finals/2012/Tickets/Tickets.aspx?camefrom=CFC_UK_ATP_ATPHOME

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