The 2017 World Nitto ATP Finals took place in London last week from 12th to 19th November 2017 at the O2 Arena. The annual season-ending event brings together the world’s eight highest-ranked singles players and doubles teams competing on the global ATP Tour.
Eight different countries were represented in the singles for the second successive year but sadly due to a year blighted with injury British number one Andy Murray did not qualify for the event which consequently saw no British players competing.
After an extremely successful season Rafael Nadal climbed back into the top spot with 10,645 points followed closely by Roger Federer in second place with 9,605. This was the first time these two players had reached the finals since 2010 with both of them seen a resurgence in their playing careers in 2017.
Joining them in the finals event were Grigor Dimitrov (5,150), Alexander Zverev (4,610), Dominic Thiem (4,015), Marin Cilic (3,805), David Goffin (3,775) and Jack Sock (3,165). Fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta was drafted into replace Nadal who was forced to retire with his ongoing knee injury after the second day.
After a week of competition in two groups named after tennis legends Pete Sampras and Boris Becker, Bulgarian Dimitrov, who was making his debut at the event, was declared the champion after beating David Goffin in the final 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
Andy may have been absent but older brother Jamie flew the British flag in the doubles with partner Bruno Soares. The pair were competing in the Woodbridge/Woodforde group (other group called Eltingh/Haarhuis) and made it to the semi-finals. They defeated Ivan Dodig/Marcel Granollers 6-1, 6-1 and Lukasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo 6-2, 6-4 but were beaten by former world number one pair brothers Bob & Mike Bryan 5-7, 8-7, 10-6. In the semis they lost to Murray’s former partner John Peers and Henri Kontinen 7-6, 6-2. Peers and Kontinen went on to win the event and retain their 2016 title after beating Kubot and Melo in the final 6-4, 6-2.
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