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
Who do you think will win?