As we approach the end of the year, the stage is all set for a showdown within the top-ranked tennis players across the world in the ATP World Tour Finals 2016. The big talking point in this year’s ATP World Tour Finals is Andy Murray who has recently toppled Serbian Novak Djokovic from the apex of the rankings published by ATP. And it remains to be seen whether Andy Murray manages to keep a hold on the top spot or not.
ATP World Tour Finals 2016: Preview
Andy Murray will be hoping that he will end the season with his best performance ever in the circuit. And for that, he needs to put up a valiant effort right from the very beginning before a possible showdown with the Serbian tennis ace Novak Djokovic. Murray has been pitted against Kei Nishikori of Japan, Stanislas Wawrinka from Switzerland and Marin Cilic from Croatia in the John McEnroe Group, the 1st group of theATP World Tour Finals 2016.
On the other hand, Novak Djokovic will also be upbeat to get back his lost position in the rankings of the men’s tennis players. He is in the Ivan Lendl Group, the 2nd Group of the ATP World Tour Finals 2016along with Milos Raonic from Canada, Frenchman Gael Monfils and Austrian youngster Dominic Thiem. It seems that it won’t give Djokovic too much of trouble to reach the final unless something unusual happens. And in the final, he might face the biggest challenge in the form of Andy Murray also owing to the fact that Murray keeps an all-win record, if no that, at least manages to top the group.
The ATP World Tour Finals 2016 is going to witness a couple of debutants in the form of Gael Monfils and Dominic Thiem. The young Austrian who turned 23 in September this year made a last minute entry into the fray as Tomas Berdych, and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga made respective exits in the Paris Masters. And in the process became only the second Austrian after Thomas Muster to make in appearance in the ATP World Tour Finals. Having reached the Finals Thiem remarked, “I’m so happy to have made it. In the past two years [the Finals] became a goal and to achieve it at such a young age is amazing.” Gael Monfils will also be making his appearance in this tournament for the first time. Monfils have done a lot of changes to his game this year it seems that those changes have paid dividends. During the draw of the tourney, he is recorded to be saying that, “I’m very happy to be here. It’s the first time, but I’m very proud to be a part of this big tournament. We work hard, and it’s paying off”.
In the doubles section as well, there will be a lot at stake when 8 teams face-off for the ultimate supremacy at the end of the year. While the Bryan brothers will look to extend their record after reaching the 1000 wins landmark, Bruno Soares and Jamie Murray remain the prime contenders to become the top men’s doubles team in 2016. Nicolas Mahut is in a great position to become the world’s top-ranked doubles player if he and his teammate Pierre-Hugues Herbert manage to win one match in the group stage.
ATP World Tour Finals 2016: Groups
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ATP World Tour Finals 2016: Match Details
Date: November 13-20
Venue: O2 Arena London
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The first match of the ATP World Tour 2016 took place between Andy Murray and Marin Cilic. And Andy Murray won that the match quite comfortably against him. The scoreline read 6-3, 6-2 in favour of the newly crowned world number 1. It can be regarded as quite a good start for Murray as he bids to hold on to his first spot at the end of the year. in the second match from the John McEnroe group Swiss Stan Wawrinka got defeated by Japan’s Kei Nishikori in yet another one-sided match. The scoreline read 6-2, 6-3 in favour of the young Japanese.
Novak Djokovic made a shaky start but got back to his own as he rallied back from one set down to clinch the match ultimately by a scoreline of 6-7, 6-0, 6-2 against Dominic Thiem. Thiem was impressive in his first match and is looking promising to make an entry to the next round although the tournament is in its nascent stage.
Also in the doubles, Mike and Bob Bryan made a winning start to their campaign as they beat Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo by a scoreline of 7-6, 6-0.
ATP world Tour Final 2016: Scores and Schedules
Day 1 Results
- Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan bt Ivan Dodig & Marcelo Melo (7-6, 6-0)
- Novak Djokovic bt Dominic Thiem (6-7, 6-0, 6-2)
- Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares bt Treat Huey & Max Mirnyi (6-4, 7-5)
- Milos Raonic bt Gael Monfils (6-3, 6-4)
Day 2 Results
- Raven Klaasen & Rajeev Ram bt Pierre-H Herbert & Nicolas Mahut (7-5, 6-4)
- Kei Nishikori bt Stan Wawrinka (6-2, 6-3)
- Henri Kontinen & John Peers bt Feliciano Lopez & Marc Lopez (6-3, 7-6)
- Andy Murray bt Marin Cilic (6-3, 6-2)
Day 3 Schedule
- 12pm –Jamie Murray & Bruna Soares vs Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan
- 2pm –Gael Monfils vs Dominic Thiem
- 6pm –Ivan Dodig & Marcelo Melo vs Treat Huey & Max Mirnyi
- 8pm–Novak Djokovic vs Milos Raonic
ATP World Tour Finals 2016 TV Guide and Live Streaming:
TV Listings: Matches will be telecasted live on BBC 2.
Live Streaming: Live streaming will be available on BBC Sport website. Further details will be updated in future.
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