ATP Tour Finals 2010: The Players

The 2010 ATP Tour Finals will be held for the second straight year in London at the O2 Arena on indoor hard courts. The 8 players are Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Robin Soderling, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer and Andy Roddick.

Due to title sponsorship naming rights the official name is the 2010 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. This tournament is the pinnacle of the tennis calendar, with all events this year building to this showdown between the world’s best players in men’s tennis.

This tournament runs from Sunday 21 November through to Men’s Singles Final Day on Sunday 28 November. Only the Top 8 best performed players for the 2010 season qualify to play-off in this tournament. In no other tournament are you required to beat at least 4 if not 5 of the world’s Top 8 ranked players to win the title!

The ATP ranking points earned thus far in 2010 by the Top 8 qualifiers for the ATP Tour Finals in ranking order are:

  1. 11,450- 24-year-old Rafael Nadal from Spain
  2. 7,645 – 29-year-old Roger Federer from Switzerland
  3. 5,635 – 23-year-old Novak Djokovic from Serbia
  4. 5,380 – 26-year-old Robin Soderling from Sweden
  5. 5,360 – 23-year-old Andy Murray from Scotland
  6. 3,755 – 25-year-old Tomas Berdych from the Czech Republic
  7. 3,735 – 28-year-old David Ferrer from Spain
  8. 3,665 – 28-year-old Andy Roddick from the USA

The event begins in a round robin format with 2 groups of 4 players, Group A and Group B. All 8 players are seeded according to their ATP rankings points total accumulated in 2010.

Group A is:

  • No.1 seed Rafael Nadal first match on Monday 22 November against Roddick
  • No.3 Novak Djokovic first match on Monday 22 November against Berdych
  • No.6 Tomas Berdych first match on Monday 22 November against Djokovic
  • No.8 Andy Roddick first match on Monday 22 November against Nadal

Group B is:

  • No.2 Roger Federer first match on Sunday 21 November against Ferrer
  • No.4 Robin Soderling first match on Sunday 21 November against Murray
  • No.5 Andy Murray first match on Sunday 21 November against Soderling
  • No.7 David Ferrer first match on Sunday 21 November against Federer

Fernando Verdasco of Spain is the No.9 player with 3,240 ATP ranking points won in 2010. Verdasco is the first alternate in case one of the Top 8 players withdraws with an injury between now and indeed at any point during the tournament.

In the first 6 days of this 8-day tournament each of the 8 men will play against all 3 members of his group. Throughout the round robin matches the world’s best men try to achieve a place in the semi-finals by finishing in the Top 2 spots in their own group. On Day 7 the semi finals are held where the players who finish at No.1 in their group play against the player who finishes No.2 in the other group.

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