ATP World Tour Finals 2017 Odds
The ATP World Tour Finals (also known as the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for sponsorship reasons) is a professional men's tennis tournament played on indoor hard courts and is held annually in November at the O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom. The ATP World Tour Finals are the season-ending championships of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour, featuring the top eight singles players and doubles teams of the ATP Rankings. The tournament was first held in 1970. The current champions (2016) are Andy Murray in singles and Henri Kontinen / John Peers in doubles.
Unlike all other singles 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 players in their group. 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. Though it is theoretically possible to advance to the semi-finals of the tournament with two round-robin losses, no player in the history of the singles tournament has won the title after losing more than one round-robin match.
The current round robin format of two groups of four players progressing to a semifinal and final, has been in place for all editions of the tournament excepting few years.
The stakes were very different for the 24 players (singles and doubles) who earned a trip to London in 2016 to compete in the World Tour Finals last week. So let's see how some of their ambitions played out in a tournament that, thanks to the round-robin format, gave each player multiple chances to prove his mettle:
Murray won it all with an amazing display of sustained excellence that also vaulted him over Djokovic in the battle for the year-end No. 1 ranking. Given Murray's spotty record at previous World Tour Finals, this was a remarkable feat unsullied by the disappointing quality of Djokovic's game.
Djokovic might be one of the few ATP players to welcome the brevity of tennis' so-called "offseason" of roughly six weeks. That's because he has a lot to ponder following his repeated collapses at critical moments in the second half of 2016. They were unexpected implosions that made his remarkable first six months seem like a distant memory.
Monfils had the best year of his career in 2016, at age 30. Qualifying for the year-enders was a highlight, but his trip to London was a bummer from the get-go. That was partly because Monfils sustained a rib injury back during the Stockholm tournament, and it continued to trouble him in his first two round-robin pairings against Raonic and Thiem.
Although the Austrian youth Dominic Thiem won only one match (a three-setter versus Gael Monfils), he was the only player to take a set off Djokovic. He may have come in the back way, but he left London through the front door.
The mentioned names are probably to qualify again in 2017, as well as names which includes Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Nishikori, Berdych or Cilic.