The Nitto ATP Finals, the season finale and biggest indoor tennis tournament in the world, of the year’s best eight singles players and doubles teams will serve of today at the 02 arena in London.
Rafael Nadal will be recognized for clinching the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking for the fourth time in his career. The Spaniard will be presented the No. 1 trophy on court at The O2 arena at the conclusion of Sunday’s opening session of the Nitto ATP Finals. The No. 1 doubles team will be determined during next week’s season finale in London.
The eight single players are Rafael Nadal, six-time winner Roger Federer, debutants Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin and Jack Sock and former qualifiers Dominic Thiem and Marin Cilic.
The cash prize is $8 million with the eventual champion taking home a cool $2.6 million.
The eight were divided into a group of four each. Nadal’s group contains Belgium’s Goffin, Thiem of Austria and Bulgarian Dimitrov, while Federer’s included American Sock, Germany’s Zverev and Croatian Cilic. Two players from each group qualify for the semis with the winners meeting in the final on Nov. 19.
Four-time winner Djokovic and defending champion Murray are both absent due to injuries. Rafael Nadal has never won the ATP Finals in spite of his 16 grand slam titles, two Olympic gold medals and four Davis Cups.
Roger Federer on his part is gunning for his 7th ATP Finals title.
Though Rafa and Roger are the firm favourites, any of the other guys could pull a surprise in London.