About the Barclays ATP World Tour FinalsOnly the Best get to Play this Game
The qualification equation is exceedingly simple but brutally tough. Finish the season in the Top 8 and you're in. And the rewards are high: $5 million in total prize money, the chance to win one of the most prestigious titles in tennis and to finish as the season's No. 1 player.
At the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, there's no place to hide as the likes of Nadal, Federer, Murray and Djokovic go head-to-head in one-on-one gladiatorial battles in their purest form. Survive the gruelling round-robin phase and take your place in the cut-throat semi-finals and final.
Featuring a unique round-robin format, the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals will see all players playing a minimum of three matches each as they battle for a berth in the knockout semi-finals and beyond. With the quality of each match akin to that of a Grand Slam quarter-final or better, this is one sporting spectacle you can’t afford to miss.
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The Players' Take On The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
Rafael Nadal (2011): "It’s always a pleasure to play in London. It’s a fantastic city and The O2 stadium is one of the nicest indoor stadiums in the world. It was a fantastic tournament last year for me, playing in the final, with very emotional matches. I’m very happy to be qualified and to come back again this year."
Andy Murray (2011): "Each year, one of my goals is to qualify for the season finale in London, so it’s great to have made it again. I’ve had some really good matches at The O2 in the past, especially my semi-final against Nadal last year. Hopefully I can do even better this time around. The support I get from the home crowd has always been incredible and I’m really looking forward to playing there again."
Roger Federer (2011): "It feels great to qualify once again. I had a great week at The O2 last year so I look forward to defending my title. The atmosphere there is incredible."
Rafael Nadal (2010): “When you qualify for the World Tour Finals you have to be very happy because it proves you have had a very good season. Last year the crowd and the stadium were unbelievable. Playing in London is always a special feeling. I have amazing memories of London.”
Roger Federer (2010): “I am very happy as it is the ninth consecutive year I have qualified for the year-end event. I have played in a lot of different venues during my career and I can say they staged a fantastic event at The 02 last year. I look forward to returning there in November and finishing the season strong.”
Andy Murray (2009): “The event has a great history and means so much to the top players - it’s great to think the race to the No.1 ranking spot and the title of ATP World Tour Champion could come down to the wire in London. I’m hopeful that I will be back here in November to really give UK tennis fans something to shout about, in what will be the biggest indoor tennis event of the year.”
Novak Djokovic (2008): I would put it in the same league as a Grand Slam because the best eight players in the world are participating here. Certainly it says a lot about the quality, about the players who are playing here. It attracts attention from the tennis lovers and media worldwide. Everybody has a lot of motivation to end up the season in the best possible way.”
Juan Martin del Potro (2008): “For any tennis player it is like a dream to be here.”
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (2008): "I'm going to go there really to represent France and all my family and my friends.”
Andy Roddick (2008): “It’s always an honor to qualify. I think this is six straight years, so that's a good accomplishment.”
Rafael Nadal (2007): "This is one of the most important events and one of the most difficult to win since from day one you face a Top 10 player. No mistakes are allowed."
Roger Federer (2007): “It’s always nice to have the best two playing against each other in the last tournament of the season. It’s a nice thing for everybody: media, fans, players, the entire tour.”
Fernando Gonzalez (2007): “It was one of my goals this year to be among the top eight players.”
David Ferrer (2007): "This is like a dream come true. It's been my best season ever and it is going to be great to compete as one of the top eight players. I have heard it is such a special event.”
Bob Bryan (2007): "Qualifying really shows that you've had a solid season, not just a good tournament or two. It's an event we certainly look forward to, and one that we get very motivated to play."
James Blake (2006): “Qualifying is a great accomplishment, signifying an all-around good year… I’m honored to be considered among the game’s elite. To be considered one of the top eight players for the whole year shows a level of consistency. It would be a real honor to be a part of it.”
Tommy Robredo (2006): “It's a dream come true. At the beginning of the year my goal was try to win two tournaments and try to get the Top 10. After winning Hamburg, everything changed. I was nearly sure I was going to finish Top 10 – then why not try to make another goal? And that was try to finish in the top eight, be in [the Finals] for the first time in my career. Now I can say that I did. It’s the best year of my life.”