TENNIS: ATP World Tour Finals 2011 – Live on Sky Sports / BBC TV

After a gruelling and fiercely competitive year on the men’s tennis circuit, the world’s best descend on London once again to battle for supremecy at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – live on Sky Sports and BBC Television.

In the third staging of the traditional season-finale at the O2 Arena, the top-eight singles players and doubles pairings go head-to-head for the chance to claim most prestigious title in the sport outside of the grand slams.

Current world number one Novak Djokovic heads an all-star cast, which also features reigning champion Roger Federer, 2011 French Open champion Rafael Nadal, and three-times grand slam finalist Andy Murray.

Featuring a unique round-robin format, the World Tour Finals will see the eight players/teams divided into two groups of four, where they will play each other once, and the top two in each group progress through to the semi-finals.

Players, fans and viewers will need to have their calculators ready at the end of the round-robin phase, as semi-final places could be decided on the number of games won by each player across all three of their group matches, if two players have identical win/loss records.

As in the previous two years of the event, all the action will be covered by Sky Sports and the BBC.

Sky Sports will screen every session in full across all eight days, including every singles and doubles match, with their extensive high-definition coverage led by presenter Marcus Buckland.

Expert analysis and comment will come from former three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, US Open finalist Greg Rusedski, Peter Fleming, and Annabel Croft, whilst their commentary team will be led Mark Petchey and Barry Millns.

Terrestrial viewers will be able to enjoy live coverage of a singles match on every afternoon throughout the week, plus the first semi-final, and the final on November 27.

Sue Barker will present the BBC’s live coverage, all which will be screened on BBC Two, BBC HD and via the BBC Sport website.

Commentary will once again be provided by Andrew Castle and Tim Henman.

If any match runs beyond its allotted time slot on BBC Two, then coverage will continue via the Red Button.

ATP World Tour Finals 2010 – Semi Final – Murray v Nadal
Pictures: Sky Sports

Home favourite Andy Murray is determined to better his semi-final showing at last year’s event and reach his first O2 final.

“There are obviously no easy matches as it’s only the top eight players in the world playing,” said the 2011 Australian Open finalist.

“That’s what is so unique about this tournament. I’ve got some great memories from my run to the semi-finals last year, and I am hoping I can have a strong finish to the season and go even further this time around.”

Djokovic, who won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, is also hoping to round off the greatest year of his career in style.

“I think the World Tour Finals are the crown for all of your achievements in the year. It’s the best eight players, the event is done very well, the crowd is amazing and London is the city of tennis.”

But after recent injury concerns and a slight dip in form, defending World Tour Finals champion Roger Federer starts as the bookmakers favourite to retain his title, at the event dubbed by tournament director Chris Kermode as “the Super Bowl of tennis”.

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Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 2011 – Tournament Details:

Singles:

Group A
Novak Djokovic (SRB)
David Ferrer (ESP)
Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) Alternate
Andy Murray (GBR) Withdrew
 
Group B
Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Roger Federer (SUI)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
Mardy Fish (USA)
 

Doubles:

Group A
Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA)
Mahesh Bhupathi (IND) / Leander Paes (IND)
Robert Lindstedt (SWE) / Horia Tecau (ROM)
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) / Phillip Petzschner (GER)
 
Group B
Michael Llodra (FRA) / Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)
Max Mirnyi (BLR) / Daniel Nestor (CAN)
Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK)
Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL) / Marcin Matkowski (POL)
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Tournament/TV Schedule:

Day 1 – Sunday 20th November
Day Session
Mirnyi / Nestor (3) bt Bopanna / Qureshi (5) – Grp B
7-6 4-6 11-9
Roger Federer (4) bt Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (6) – Grp B
6-2 2-6 6-4
TV: 12pm-4pm – Sky Sports 4 | 2pm-5pm – BBC Two
 
Night Session
Fyrstenburg / Matkowski (8) bt Llodra / Zimonjic (2) – Grp B
6-4 5-7 11-9
Rafael Nadal (2) bt Mardy Fish (8) – Grp B
6-2 3-6 7-6
TV: 6pm-10pm – Sky Sports 4
 
Day 2 – Monday 21st November
Day Session
Lindstedt / Tecau (6) bt Bhupathi / Paes (4) – Grp A
7-6 6-1
David Ferrer (5) bt Andy Murray (3) – Grp A
6-4 7-5
TV: 12pm-4pm – Sky Sports 1 | 2pm-3.45pm – BBC Two
 
Night Session
B. Bryan / M. Bryan (1) bt Melzer / Petzschner (7) – Grp A
6-7 7-5 10-7
Novak Djokovic (1) bt Tomas Berdych (7) – Grp A
3-6 6-3 7-6
TV: 6pm-10pm – Sky Sports 2
 
Day 3 – Tuesday 22nd November
Day Session
Llodra / Zimonjic (2) bt Bopanna / Qureshi (5) – Grp B
7-6 6-3
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (6) bt Mardy Fish (8) – Grp B
7-6 6-1
TV: 12pm-4pm – Sky Sports 1 | 2pm-3.45pm – BBC Two
 
Night Session
Mirnyi / Nestor (3) bt Fyrstenberg / Matkowski (8) – Grp B
6-4 6-3
Roger Federer (4) bt Rafael Nadal (2) – Grp B
6-3 6-0
TV: 6pm-10pm – Sky Sports 3
 
Day 4 – Wednesday 23rd November
Day Session
Bhupathi / Paes (4) bt Melzer / Petzschner (7) – Grp A
7-5 6-3
Tomas Berdych (7) bt Janko Tipsarevic (ALT) – Grp A
2-6 6-3 7-6
TV: 12pm-4pm – Sky Sports 1 | 2pm-3.45pm – BBC Two
 
Night Session
B. Bryan / M. Bryan (1) bt Lindstedt / Tecau (6) – Grp A
6-1 6-2
David Ferrer (5) bt Novak Djokovic (1) – Grp A
6-3 6-1
TV: 6pm-10pm – Sky Sports 3
 
Day 5 – Thursday 24th November
Day Session
Fyrstenberg / Matkowski (8) bt Bopanna / Qureshi (5) – Grp B
6-2 6-1
Roger Federer (4) bt Mardy Fish (8) – Grp B
6-1 3-6 6-3
TV: 12pm-4pm – Sky Sports 1 | 2pm-3.45pm – BBC Two
 
Night Session
Mirnyi / Nestor (3) bt Llodra / Zimonjic (2) – Grp B
4-6 6-3 10-7
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (6) bt Rafael Nadal (2) – Grp B
7-6 4-6 6-3
TV: 6pm-10pm – Sky Sports 1
 
Day 6 – Friday 25th November
Day Session
Melzer / Petzschner (7) bt Lindstedt / Tecau (6) – Grp A
6-3 6-4
Janko Tipsarevic (ALT) bt Novak Djokovic (1) – Grp A
3-6 6-3 6-3
TV: 12pm-4pm – Sky Sports 1 | 2pm-3.45pm – BBC Two
 
Night Session
Bhupathi / Paes (4) bt Bryan / Bryan (1) – Grp A
6-4 6-2
Tomas Berdych (7) bt David Ferrer (5) – Grp A
3-6 7-5 6-1
TV: 6pm-10pm – Sky Sports 2
 
Day 7 – Saturday 26th November
Day Session
Mirnyi / Nestor (3) bt Bryan / Bryan (1) – Semi Final (Doubles)
7-6 6-4
Roger Federer (4) bt David Ferrer (5) – Semi Final (Singles)
7-5 6-3
TV: 12pm-4pm – Sky Sports 3 | 2pm-5pm – BBC Two
 
Night Session
Fyrstenberg / Matkowski (8) bt Bhupathi / Paes (4) – Semi Final (Doubles)
6-4 4-6 10-6
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (6) bt Tomas Berdych (7) – Semi Final (Singles)
6-3 7-5
TV: 6pm-10pm – Sky Sports 3
 
Day 8 – Sunday 27th November
Fyrstenberg / Matkowski (8) v Mirnyi / Nestor (3) – Final (Doubles)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (6) v Roger Federer (4) – Final (Singles)
TV: 3pm-8pm – Sky Sports 2 | 5.15pm-8pm – BBC Two
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ATP World Tour Finals 2010 – The Final

Rafael Nadal (ESP) v Roger Federer (SUI)

Highlights | Pictures: Sky Sports 

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