The best players in men’s tennis hit London for the blockbuster finale to the season as they go face-to-face in the 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, live on Sky Sports and BBC Sport.
For the sixth consecutive year, London’s O2 arena will host the World Tour finals, where only the best eight singles players and best eight doubles teams of the season are invited to compete in the ATP’s traditional season finale.
After being held from Monday to Monday for the last two years, followed straight of the back of the final Masters 1000 event in Paris, this year’s World Tour Finals reverts rightfully back into its place as a stand-alone event at the end of the ATP Tour schedule, running from Sunday to Sunday as before, with a week break now separating the two tournaments.
Djokovic is defending the singles title for the second consecutive year having successfully retained the trophy after a straight-sets victory over Nadal in last year’s final.
Remarkably, it was only the fifth time in the event’s 44-year history that the top two seeds in the men’s game had met in the showpiece end-of-season match, though nine-time French Open champion Nadal will be missing from this year’s field as he undergoes appendix surgery.
The roll of honour for this prestigious event includes the biggest names of the Open tennis era, such as Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, along with current stars like Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer.
After 11 months of intense tennis around the world, from all four Grand Slams to the Masters 1000 events, the eight-player singles field for the 2014 ATP World Tour Finals is now set, with Britain’s Andy Murray securing his spot, albeit relatively late.
Murray, who did not play at the tournament last year following back surgery, secured his place at the season finale after he defeated Grigor Dimitrov, the man who beat him at Wimbledon earlier this year, at the recent BNP Paribas Masters.
The Scot’s rich vein of end of season form, which has seen him win three tournaments, his first since his unforgettable Wimbledon triumph in 2013, is perhaps a sign that he will be one of the players to beat this week, especially as he is playing on home soil.
Murray is a three-time semi-finalist at the season finale, reaching the last four in 2008 when the tournament was held in Shanghai, as well as in 2010 and 2012 in London, losing to Nadal and Federer respectively, and will be bidding to become the first British player to win the event.
He will be joined in London by two-time defending World Tour Finals champion Novak Djokovic and six-time former winner Roger Federer, as well as Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka, 2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych and surprise US Open winner Marin Cilic at the prestigious indoor tournament.
Two players will make their World Tour Finals debut this year, with Japan’s Kei Nishikori making history by becoming the first Asian player to qualify for the season finale in singles, while Milos Raonic became the first Canadian to make to the end-of-year spectacular.
The two debutants have been drawn in the same group for the round-robin phase, alongside Roger Federer and Andy Murray in Group B, while Group A is headlined by world number one Novak Djokovic, who will face Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic in the opening stages of the tournament.
In the doubles event, Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares, and Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin have all booked their tickets to the English capital, with the trio joined by three-time winners and doubles tennis legends Bob and Mike Bryan.
David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco became the third all-Spanish team to win the World Tour Finals doubles title last year, beating the formidable 16-time Grand Slam-winning Bryan brothers in the final, a team they had not beaten in three previous meetings.
The ATP World Tour Finals has welcomed more than 1.25 million fans to the O2 Arena over the past five years, establishing itself as the biggest indoor tennis tournament in the world since moving to London in 2009.
A week of spectacular tennis is in store at the iconic venue as the greatest names in the sport do battle in London. Whose name will be engraved on the Brad Drewett Trophy in 2014? Find out by watching Sky Sports and BBC Sport’s comprehensive coverage.
Sky Sports will broadcast complete live coverage of the 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and is once again the only place to see every match live from London’s O2 Arena.
All singles matches, as well as the doubles contests, will feature during Sky Sports’ extensive coverage throughout the week, all of which will be shown on Sky Sports 3 and in high-definition on Sky Sports 3 HD.
Marcus Buckland again leads the Sky Sports presentation team inside the venue, where he will be joined by a variety of top names from the world of tennis from the studio overlooking the spectacular O2 Arena court.
Expert analysis and opinion will be led by the usual Sky Sports team of 1997 US Open finalist Greg Rusedski and former British women’s number one Annabel Croft, while special guests including Great Britain Davis Cup doubles player Jamie Murray also part of the team.
Mark Petchey and Barry Millns lead the commentary team throughout the week, while former American players Peter Fleming and Leif Shiras, as well as former British player Barry Cowan, will also be part of the Sky Sports on-air team.
Further background, news, views, video highlights and interviews can be found via the Sky Sports tennis website, while subscribers can watch all the action on the move via Sky Go on PCs, mobiles, laptops and selected tablet devices.
Fans can also follow the tournament via Sky Sports’ daily blog, and keep up to date with scores and news through our Twitter account – @SkySportsTennis.
Sky Sports will continue broadcasting live coverage of the top events on the ATP World Tour calendar up to at least 2018, including all nine ATP Masters 1000 events and the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals, which the channel has covered every year since it moved to London in 2009.
BBC Sport will also once again have a strong presence at the 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals as they serve up live free-to-air coverage across all seven days of the end-of-season tournament.
Tennis fans without Sky Sports will be able to watch live coverage of every weekday afternoon singles match, plus the first semi-final on Saturday, which is followed by live free-to-air coverage of the showpiece final itself on Sunday evening.
Sue Barker will present live coverage all week long from London’s O2 Arena on BBC Two and BBC Two HD, starting at 2.00pm from Sunday to Saturday, plus online via the BBC Sport website and mobile app.
The first hour of the singles final on Sunday, November 16, will be shown live on BBC Two, before coverage switches to BBC Three for the remainder of the match from 7.00pm.
Commentary and studio analysis across all seven days of the event will be provided by former British number players Andrew Castle and Tim Henman.
BBC Radio 5 live will have extensive coverage of the tournament with live commentary on every singles match on 5 live Sports Extra or the BBC Sport website, led by tennis correspondent Russell Fuller.
BBC Sport has a deal to continue screening free-to-air coverage of the the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at London’s O2 Arena until the end of 2015.
Sunday 9th November DAY 1: Afternoon Session Kei Nishikori bt Andy Murray (B) LIVE: 12.30pm-4.00pm Sky Sports 3 / 2.00pm-5.00pm BBC Two DAY 1: Evening Session Roger Federer bt Milos Raonic (B) LIVE: 6.00pm-10.00pm Sky Sports 3
Monday 10th November DAY 2: Afternoon Session Stanislas Wawrinka bt Tomas Berdych (A) LIVE: 12.00pm-4.00pm Sky Sports 3 / 2.00pm-5.00pm BBC Two DAY 2: Evening Session Novak Djokovic bt Marin Cilic (A) LIVE: 6.00pm-10.00pm Sky Sports 3
Tuesday 11th November DAY 3: Afternoon Session Roger Federer bt Kei Nishikori (B) LIVE: 12.00pm-4.00pm Sky Sports 3 / 2.00pm-5.00pm BBC Two DAY 3: Evening Session Andy Murray bt Milos Raonic (B) LIVE: 6.00pm-10.00pm Sky Sports 3
Wednesday 12th November DAY 4: Afternoon Session Tomas Berdych bt Marin Cilic (A) LIVE: 12.00pm-4.00pm Sky Sports 3 / 2.00pm-5.00pm BBC Two DAY 4: Evening Session Novak Djokovic bt Stanislas Wawrinka (A) LIVE: 6.00pm-10.00pm Sky Sports 3
Thursday 13th November DAY 5: Afternoon Session Kei Nishikori bt David Ferrer* (B) *Alternate LIVE: 12.00pm-4.00pm Sky Sports 3 / 2.00pm-5.00pm BBC Two DAY 5: Evening Session Roger Federer bt Andy Murray (B) LIVE: 6.00pm-10.00pm Sky Sports 3
Friday 14th November DAY 6: Afternoon Session Novak Djokovic bt Tomas Berdych LIVE: 12.00pm-4.00pm Sky Sports 3 / 2.00pm-5.00pm BBC Two DAY 6: Evening Session Stanislas Wawrinka bt Marin Cilic LIVE: 5.45pm-11.00pm Sky Sports 3
Saturday 15th November DAY 7: Semi Final 1 Novak Djokovic v Kei Nishikori LIVE: 12.00pm-4.00pm Sky Sports 3 / 2.00pm-5.00pm BBC Two DAY 7: Semi Final 2 Roger Federer v Stanislas Wawrinka LIVE: 6.00pm-10.00pm Sky Sports 3
Sunday 16th November DAY 8: Doubles Final Dodig/Melo v Bryan/Bryan LIVE: 3.30pm-5.30pm Sky Sports 3 DAY 8: Singles Final Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer LIVE: 5.30pm-8.30pm Sky Sports 3 LIVE: 6.00pm-7.00pm BBC Two / 7.00pm-9.00pm BBC Three