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The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is a tennis tournament played at the end of each year, involving the top eight players in the men's tennis world rankings.

Unlike most of the other events on the men's tour, the ATP World Tour Finals is not a straightforward knock-out tournament. Eight players are divided into two groups of four, and play three round-robin matches each against the other three players in their group. From there, the two players with the best records in each group progress to the semifinals, with the winners meeting in the final to determine the champion. Winners are awarded up to 1500 rankings points.

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Group A

  • Novak Djokovic

  • Andy Murray

  • David Ferrer

  • Tomas Berdych

 

Group B

  • Rafael Nadal

  • Roger Federer

  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

  • Mardy Fish

 

 

Serbian Novak Djokovic became the first player to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, securing his invitation to The O2 on 16 May following his undefeated start to the 2011 season. Only one other player since 1990 has qualified for the season-ending event before Roland Garros (Nadal in 2009).

 

Djokovic will be making his fifth successive appearance (8-6) at the circuit finale.

 

The Monte-Carlo resident captured the 2008 title in Shanghai, winning four of his five matches at the Qi Zhong Stadium. He beat Nikolay Davydenko 6-1, 7-5 in the final. On his debut in 2007, he failed to win any of his three round robin matches.

 

Djokovic went 2-1 in round robin play in each of his Barclays ATP World Tour Finals appearances in London. He did not advance to the semi-finals in 2009, but sealed his spot in the final four the following year, eventually losing to Roger Federer.

 

Rafael Nadal became the second player to qualify for the 2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on 8 June, shortly after he captured his sixth title at Roland Garros. It represents his seventh straight qualification (8-8 record).

 

In 2010, the Spaniard erased memories of his first visit to The O2 when he went 0-3 in round robin action, as he earned his place in the title match after defeating British No. 1 Andy Murray in a pulsating semi-final. Nadal ended up finishing runner-up to rival Roger Federer.

 

On his first two circuit finale appearances in 2006-07 in Shanghai, Nadal reached the semi-finals only to bow out to Federer both times. He was unable to compete at the prestigious circuit finale in 2005 (left foot) and 2008 (right knee tendinitis).

 

Scotland’s Andy Murray became the third player to qualify for the 2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on 2 September. He will be making his fourth successive appearance (7-4) at the prestigious season finale.

 

The London resident reached the 2008 semi-finals (l. to Davydenko) on his debut when the event was played in Shanghai, China. He went 3-0 in round robin play, including an exciting three-set win over Roger Federer.

 

Murray went 2-1 in round robin play the next two years while playing on home soil at The O2. He narrowly missed out on a semi-final berth in 2009 due to game difference. The following year, he came up just short of reaching the final when he lost to Rafael Nadal in a classic, falling in a third-set tie-break after three hours and 12 minutes of play.

 

Swiss Roger Federer became the fourth player to qualify for the 2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, securing his spot in the eight-man field on 3 September.

 

The five-time champion will be making his tenth straight appearance (34-7 record), and is the third player to qualify for the season finale for 10 or more consecutive years, joining Ivan Lendl (12) and Pete Sampras (11).

 

After reaching the semi-finals (l. to Hewitt) on his debut in 2002, Federer won back-to-back titles in 2003 (d. Agassi) and 2004 (d. Hewitt). Federer’s title success was briefly interrupted by David Nalbandian in 2005 as the Argentine recovered from a two-set deficit to claim a dramatic five-set victory in the final. But Federer hit back to win two more titles in 2006 (d. Blake) and 2007 (d. Ferrer).

 

In 2008 at Shanghai, he failed to advance past the group stages for the first time after losing a gripping three-set encounter with Andy Murray. He made a semi-final (l. to Davydenko) exit in the event’s first staging at The O2, and returned in 2010 to reclaim the title with victory over Rafael Nadal in the final.

 

Spain's David Ferrer was the fifth singles qualifier at the 2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. He will be making his third appearance at the prestigious season finale.

 

Ferrer qualified for the 2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals during the Shanghai Rolex Masters, an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in October.

 

The Spaniard made his debut at the season finale in 2007, when he beat Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet in the group stages. He went on to defeat Andy Roddick 6-1, 6-3 in the semi-finals, before he lost to Roger Federer 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in the final. In 2010, he lost all three of his round robin matches.

 

 

France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will make his second appearance at the year-end championships after qualifying in seventh position on 10 November, during the BNP Paribas Masters, an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Paris.

 

Tsonga made his first appearance at the season finale in 2008 in Shanghai. He went 1-2 in round robin play, defeating Novak Djokovic but falling to Nikolay Davydenko and Juan Martin del Potro.

 

 

Czech Tomas Berdych will make his second successive appearance at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after qualifying in sixth position.

 

Berdych qualified for the season finale on 10 November at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament and the last event of the regular season.

 

He made his debut in London last year, going 1-2 in round robin play.

 

 

American No. 1 Mardy Fish will make his debut at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after compiling a career-best season.

 

Fish qualified for the season finale on 10 November, during the BNP Paribas Masters, an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament and the last event of the regular season in Paris.

 

 

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Coverage of the tournament will be broadcast on both Sky and BBC across all their platforms.

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