ATP World Tour Finals 2015 Preview

The finale for the 2015 ATP Tour season takes place in London this week, as the world’s best 8 players throughout the year do battle to be crowned the seasonal champion. Once again, the recognisable faces have qualified with Rafael Nadal returning after missing last year’s event.

Before the draw ceremony, the ATP announced that they were to honour past champions at the end-of-season finale, resulting in every group being named after past champions.

Group A will be known as Stan Smith Group. Group B will be known as Ilie Nastase Group.

 

I’ve been lucky enough to purchase tickets for the Wednesday evening session, so keep an eye-out on my twitter feed for photos and updates on the day – @Tennis17MAD

 

The 8 Qualifiers:

 

 

#

 

 

 

 

Player Name

 

 

 

 

Points accumulated in 2015

 

2015 Grand Slam Results

 

 

Australian Open

 

 

French Open

 

Wimbledon

 US Open

1

 

Novak Djokovic

 

15,285 Winner Runner-Up Winner Winner

2

Andy Murray  8,470 Runner-Up Semi-Finals Semi-Finals

4th Round

 

3

 

Roger Federer

 

7,340 3rd Round Quarter-Finals Runner-Up

Runner-Up

4

 

Stan Wawrinka

 

 6,500 Semi-Finals Winner Quarter-Finals

Semi-Finals

5

 

Rafael Nadal

 

4,630 Quarter-Finals Quarter-Finals 2nd Round 4th Round

6

 

Tomas Berdych

 

4,620 Semi-Finals 4th Round 4th Round 3rd Round
7  

David Ferrer

 

 4,305

4th Round

Quarter-Finals Withdrew 3rd Round
8  

Kei Nishikori

 

 4,035 Quarter-Finals Quarter-Finals 2nd Round

1st Round

 

1

Can anyone stop the dominant Serb?
Can anyone stop the dominant Serb?
Novak Djokovic – 15,285

Titles: 10 (Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami, Monte-Carlo, Rome, Wimbledon, US Open, Beijing, Shanghai, Paris)

2015 Grand Slam best: Winner (Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open)

Previous best at WTF’s: Winner x4 (2008, 2012, 2013, 2o14)

 

2

Andy Murray – 8,470

Titles: 4 (Munich, Madrid, Queens, Montreal)

2015 Grand Slam best: Runner-Up (Australian Open)

Previous best at WTF’s: Semi-Finals x3 (2008, 2010, 2012)

 

3

Can Federer add to his record 6 end-of-season titles?
Can Federer add to his record 6 end-of-season titles?
Roger Federer – 7,340

Titles: 6 (Brisbane, Dubai, Istanbul, Halle, Cincinnati, Basel)

2015 Grand Slam best: Runner-Up (Wimbledon, US Open)

Previous best at WTF’s: Winner x6 (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011)

 

4

Stan Wawrinka – 6,500

Titles: 4 (Chennai, Rotterdam, Roland Garros, Tokyo)

2015 Grand Slam best: Winner (French Open)

Previous best at WTF’s: Semi-Finals x2 (2013, 2014)

 

Will Stan progress into his first end-of-season final?
Will Stan progress into his first end-of-season final?
5

Rafael Nadal – 4,630

Titles: 3 (Buenos Aires, Stuttgart, Hamburg)

2015 Grand Slam best: Quarter-Finals (Australian Open, French Open)

Previous best at WTF’s: Runner-Up x2 (2010, 2013)

 

6

Tomas Berdych – 4,620

Titles: 1 (Stockholm)

2015 Grand Slam best: Semi-Finals (Australian Open)

Previous best at WTF’s: Semi-Finals (2011)

 

7

David Ferrer – 4,305

Titles: 4 (Doha, Rio de Janeiro, Acapulco, Vienna)

2015 Grand Slam best: Quarter-Finals (French Open)

Previous best at WTF’s: Runner-Up (2007)

 

8

Kei Nishikori – 4,035

Titles: 3 (Memphis, Barcelona, Washington)

2015 Grand Slam best: Quarter-Finals (Australian Open, French Open)

Previous best at WTF’s: Semi-Finals (2014)

 

 

Round-Robin Group Draw

 

Group A – (Stan Smith Group):

1 – Novak Djokovic

3 – Roger Federer

6 – Tomas Berdych

8 – Kei Nishikori

 

The big news initially in the singles draw was the pairing of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in Group A (Stan Smith Group). The two are likely to challenge for the top spot, with Tomas Berdych and Kei Nishikori probably facing eachother to avoid being white-washed. Nishikori arrives with unknown-fitness, and Berdych, despite at times threatening, has struggled to beat the very best back-to-back.

Federer has shown that he can beat Djokovic, but with the Serb’s form being so strong, and the court due to suit his style of play, it’s hard to look past Djokovic winning the Group. Federer should finish second.

 

Predicted two qualifiers:

Novak Djokovic & Roger Federer

 

Group B – (Ilie Nastase Group):

2 – Andy Murray

4 – Stan Wawrinka

5 – Rafael Nadal

7 – David Ferrer

 

For me, Group B (Ilie Nastase Group) is the tougher of the two, despite not featuring either Djokovic or Federer. This is because it’s so open, with Andy Murray. Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal all liking their chances to progress, with David Ferrer expected to trouble, but not threaten the top two positions. This group could literally finish in any order, but in my head I see Wawrinka and Nadal progressing through to the Semi-Finals.

Murray-fans, relax. He is the top-ranked player in the draw, but I feel with one-eye on the Davis Cup, he may struggle to overcome BOTH Wawrinka and Nadal back-to-back, especially with Ferrer almost always pushing his opponents around the whole of the court. I think the final positions will be decided on sets won & lost, it’s that close.

I’m going to have to just go with my head.

 

Predicted two qualifiers:

Stan Wawrinka & Rafael Nadal

 

Predicted winner:

Novak Djokovic

 

After everything that has happened in 2015, it’s near-impossible to not back Novak Djokovic to win the 2015 World Tour Finals. He should progress through the round-robin stage as group winner, but a possible semi-final encounter with Stan Wawrinka could happen. Memories of Roland Garros would not be too far away. Elsewhere, it’s the usual suspects that are likely to challenge for top spot, with Federer possibly even winning the group, which would throw up some interesting semi-finals. The winner of Group B is likely to face Federer, the runner-up; Djokovic, so they haven’t got it easy at all.

What do you expect? It’s the WORLD TOUR FINALS!

 

 

Thanks for taking the time to read my preview of the 2015 World Tour Finals draw, I hoped you enjoyed it. Agree with what I said? Why not offer your opinion below by commenting!

For any questions or queries on this blog, or other blogs, either contact me on my twitter handle – @Tennis17MAD or via email at – jamesfroud0608@hotmail.co.uk

(All photos shown are my own)

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