Djokovic and Federer headline the bill for the season finale in London
2018 Nitto ATP Finals
- What: men’s tennis season-ending event
- When: 11-18 November
- Where: The O2, London
- Surface: hard court indoors
- Prize money: $8.5m (£6.45m)
- Tickets: axs.com
- TV channel: live on Sky Sports
The ATP World Tour’s season-ending tournament gets under way at The O2 in London on Sunday 11 November.
Rafael Nadal won’t be competing in the UK capital because of injury but world No.1 Novak Djokovic and 20-time grand slam winner Roger Federer are on the bill for the eight-player event. Also competing in the singles are Alexander Zverev, Kevin Anderson, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem, Kei Nishikori and John Isner.
Djokovic will be aiming to win a sixth ATP Finals while Federer, who is already a record six-time winner of the event, is seeking a 100th career title.
As well as the eight-man singles competition, the world’s best men’s doubles pairings will also be in action.
Here we look at how the draw works for the ATP Finals, the order of play and how to watch on TV.
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2018 ATP Finals event guide
When does it take place?
The men’s tennis event is held from 11-18 November at The O2 in London.
How to buy tickets?
Tickets for the 2018 ATP Finals are available to buy online at axs.com.
How the tournament works
In the men’s singles two groups of four players will compete for a place in the semi-finals. A round-robin format sees each player play three group matches. The top two from each group go through to the semi-finals with the winners then competing in the final. The doubles tournament has a similar format.
Group matches will be played from 11-16 November followed by the semi-finals on Saturday 17 November. The finals will take place on Sunday 18 November.
— The O2 (@TheO2) November 8, 2018
Who is playing in London?
- Group Guga Kuerten: Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and John Isner
- Group Lleyton Hewitt: Roger Federer, Kevin Anderson, Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori
- Group Knowles/Nestor: Oliver Marach/Mate Pavic; Lukasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo; Mike Bryan/Jack Sock; Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut
- Group Llodra/Santoro: Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah; Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares; Raven Klaasen/Michael Venus; Nikola Mektic/Alexander Peya
Order of play and start times
Day one: Sunday 11 November
- 12pm: Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares vs. Raven Klaasen/Michael Venus
- Not before 2pm: Kevin Anderson vs. Dominic Thiem
- Not before 6pm: Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah vs. Nikola Mektic/Alexander Peya
- Not before 8pm: Roger Federer vs. Kei Nishikori
Day two: Monday 12 November
- 12pm: Oliver Marach/Mate Pavic vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut
- Not before 2pm: Alexander Zverev vs. Marin Cilic
- Not before 6pm: Lukasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo vs. Mike Bryan/Jack Sock
- Not before 8pm: Novak Djokovic vs. John Isner
How to watch on TV
Sky Sports will show live coverage of the ATP Finals in London.
%uD83C%uDFC6 THE FINAL EIGHT %uD83C%uDFC6 The #ATPFinals return to London for 2018 with the top eight players in the world battling it out for supremacy.
— Sky Sports Tennis %uD83C%uDFBE (@SkySportsTennis) November 6, 2018
Roger Federer believes Novak Djokovic is the man to beat. He said: “I prefer not to think about the 100th title before such a big tournament like London where players like Djokovic participate because he is the favourite.”
The Grandstand: “Djokovic and Federer are the obvious favourites based on current form and experience, but also watch out for Anderson and Isner in what seem like two relatively balanced groups on paper. Semi-finals: Djokovic over Federer in 2, Anderson over Isner in 3. Final: Djokovic over Anderson in 2.”
LiveTennis.com: “It’s a difficult task for the rest of the field as Djokovic and Federer have dominated this tournament since the turn of the decade, meeting in the final thrice in the last six years. Prediction: Djokovic to beat Federer in the final.”
ATP Finals betting odds
Latest prices according to Oddschecker, as of 8 November.
- Novak Djokovic: 4/6
- Roger Federer: 11/4
- Marin Cilic: 16/1
- Alexander Zverev: 16/1
- Kei Nishikori: 22/1
- Kevin Anderson: 28/1
- Dominic Thiem: 33/1
- John Isner: 33/1