The final showdown of the year brings a lot of new faces in the line up. World Tour Finals is almost like a 5th Grand Slam, where the best 8 players in the world meet. This is the ultimate dominance test.
Because of numerous injuries of top players, this year we have new faces in the line up, some surprising even.
The Next Gen Superstar and champion in 2 Masters this year, Alexander Zverev, will look to replicate his form that got him to 3rd in the world. The 20 years old is struggling for form in the last few months, but hopes for a good tournament.
David Goffin’s last exciting months and 2 titles claimed allowed him to narrowly take a spot in London for the first time.
But I believe Jack Sock is the biggest surprise of them all, as he wasn’t even in the picture of qualification before Paris Masters. Names like Juan Martin Del Potro, Sam Querrey and Jo Wilfred Tsonga were favorite to do so. But he deservedly took the Masters, taking advantage of a weak line up and fatigue of other top players.
Grigor Dimitrov is finally making his debut as well, claiming 3 titles this year, with a Masters on his name as well (Cincinnati).
The groups were already set, as follows:
Group Pete Sampras: World number 1 and group favorite, Rafael Nadal. He is joined by Dominic Thiem (4), Grigor Dimitrov (6) and David Goffin (8).
Group Boris Becker: World number 2 and maybe tournament favorite, as Nadal’s fitness is still in doubt, Roger Federer. He is joined by the Next Gen Superstar, Alexander Zverev (3), former US Open champion, Marin Cilic (5) and the Paris Masters’ champion, Jack Sock (9).
Will Roger Federer be able to regain his World Tour Finals glory? The 36 years old has 6 titles on his name, but the last coming in 2011. Most recently, he was in the final in 2014, when he withdrew, and 2015 (lost to Djokovic).
Or will the younsters be able to make their mark in the game in such a prestigious event?
I hope I will be able to attend some of the matches, last time seeing live Nadal versus Ferrer in 2015’s round robin.