ATP World Tour finals preview

There is only one major tournament remaining in the 2009 tennis calendar, and it begins in London on November 22 and is supported by Wimbledon. The Barclays ATP World Tour finals at the O2 Arena will bring together the best-eight performing male singles players and doubles pairings.

Wimbledon and French Open champion Roger Federer was the first to qualify for the end-of-season climax. He will be joined by Australian Open winner Rafael Nadal, US Open champ Juan Martin Del Porto, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Nikolay Davydenko, Fernando Verdasco and Robin Soderling, who replaces injured Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick.

The event is being held on hard courts at the O2 Arena for the first time. The format will see the eight players split into two groups of four with Federer placed in Group A and Nadal placed in Group B. The remaining players will be drawn in pairs with the first drawn placed in Group A.

Looking at the head-to-head record of the eight finalists makes it harder to predict a winner – a reflection of the unpredictable nature of the year.

Nadal’s 13-7 record against the other finalists in 2009 is the best, followed by Federer (12-7) and Murray (11-6), meanwhile Verdasco has the worst record of 1-12, with his only win against Murray at the Australian Open in January.

Some other interesting findings from the head-to-heads analyis are:
• Del Potro is the only player with a positive h2h against Nadal
• Federer has a 4-6 combined win-loss record against Nadal, Djokovic and Murray
• Djokovic (7-12 for 2009) only has a positive h2h against Del Potro (1-0) and Verdasco (3-1)
• Nadal and Murray are the only players who have beaten all of the other competitors at least once in 2009

Click here for a full list of the 2009 finalists head-to-head records

Click here for ticket information for the ATP World Tour Finals

Who do you think will win?


  1. LaRuse
    Posted 15 November, 2009 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Are you sure RF qualified the first? i could have sworn it was Nadal. And if I search online, I find an article from may about Nadals qualification, whereas RF’s qualification was reported in july

    • Byron Vale
      Posted 16 November, 2009 at 5:50 am | Permalink

      I meant he qualified first as in qualified as the world number one – sorry for the confusion

  2. Posted 15 November, 2009 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Nadal perera!!he’s th best

  3. Anna
    Posted 15 November, 2009 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    When is the order of play done for this tournament? Particularly the afternoon session on the 22nd?

  4. Joelle
    Posted 20 November, 2009 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Hello, my comment is a question : would you please explain why the World Tour finals will take place on the O2 Arena hard courts instead of the Centre grass Court, since that one is now safely roofed ?
    Is there an ATP rule about the type of ground to be used, or is it for internal convenience sake that London was preferred to Wimbledon ?
    Thanks a lot for your answer and all the best from France.

    • Byron Vale
      Posted 30 November, 2009 at 12:29 am | Permalink

      The ATP World Tour finals are a different event to Wimbledon so there was no reason to host the tournament at the All England Club. The only time tennis is played on Centre Court is during The Championships.

  5. Joelle
    Posted 30 November, 2009 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    Thanks a lot for your answer. I suppose anyway that Wimbledon is used to host some exhibitions or other private shows all along the year.

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