The best men’s tennis players on the planet will converge on London this November looking to add a prestigious victory to their resumes at the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Excepting the injured Rafael Nadal, the ATP’s top eight players, including Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, will square off against each other over the course of a week to determine who is the king of the season circuit. The best men’s doubles stars will showcase their talents as well at the O2 Arena.
Here we get you set with everything you need to know for what’s sure to be a wild week of tennis.
Where: O2 Arena, London, UK
When: Monday, November 5, through Monday, November 12, 2012
Live Streaming: Free Live Video Streaming links
The ATP World Tour Finals are unique in that a player isn’t sent home after suffering one loss. Instead, the eight contenders are separated into two groups of four. Then they play three round-robin matches against the other three players in their group. After the round-robin matches have concluded, the two players with the best records from each group will advance to the semifinals. From there the winners move on to the final.
Singles Contenders (Top Eight ATP Rankings)
Juan Martin del Potro
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan
Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez
Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek
Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer
Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor
Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen
Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau
Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna
After an early exit from the Paribas Masters, world No. 2 Novak Djokovic will be well rested and ready for a grueling season-ending tournament. Djokovic is the only player in the singles-field contenders who has won besides six-time champion Roger Federer.
The Serbian won it all in 2008, and I like his chances this time around in 2012. His game is built for the hard court, and he’ll be motivated to finish the year on a high note. Not to mention Federer and Andy Murray have begun looking more and more vulnerable.
Singles champion: Novak Djokovic
As for the doubles competition, it will come down to two pairs: Bob and Mike Bryan and Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor. Mirnyi and Nestor are the defending doubles champions, having won at the ATP World Tour Finals in 2011, while the Bryan brothers have won three times since 2003.
With five of the eight doubles teams making their first appearance at the Tour Finals, expect the Bryan brothers to make a deep run on experience alone and ultimately come away with their fourth championship. They won it all as recently as 2009 and play superbly together in big matches.
Doubles champions: Bob and Mike Bryan
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 2012 TV Schedule
|Mon, Nov. 5||DoublesSinglesDoublesSingles||Round Robin||7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Tues, Nov. 6||DoublesSinglesDoublesSingles||Round Robin||7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Weds, Nov. 7||DoublesSinglesDoublesSingles||Round Robin||7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Thurs, Nov. 8||DoublesDoublesSingles||Round Robin||7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.5 p.m. – 9 p.m.*||Tennis Channel|
|Fri, Nov. 9||DoublesDoublesSingles||Round Robin||7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.5 p.m. – 9 p.m.*||Tennis Channel|
|Sat, Nov. 10||DoublesSinglesDoublesSingles||Round Robin||7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Sun, Nov. 11||DoublesDoublesSingles||Semifinals||7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.5 p.m. – 9 p.m.*||Tennis Channel|
|Mon, Nov. 12||DoublesSingles||Final||1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.8 p.m. – 10 p.m.*||Tennis Channel|
All information courtesy of ATPWorldTour.com.