Live streaming of the ATP Finals in London will start on Sunday, 12 November 2017. The first match of the tournament is Federer vs Sock.
The ATP World Tour finals is all set to kick off from Sunday and it features the top eight players from around the world in the men’s game. The event includes Roger Federer, who is the World No.2, and Rafael Nadal, who leads the ATP rankings. They are placed as the top two seeds. The tournament will also comprise of Grigor Dimitrov from Bulgaria, Alexander Zverev from Germany, Jack Sock from the United States, David Goffin from Belgium, Dominic Thiem from Austria, and Marin Cilic from Croatia.
These eight players have been split up into two groups with four players each. Two of those players will reach the knockout stages.
Before we review the groups, here’s the live streaming info:
Group Pete Sampras:
Rafael Nadal, Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin, and Dominic Thiem
One of the biggest questions of this group is the availability of Rafael Nadal for latter stages in the tournament. His knee injury has been a major worry and it forced him to pull out of the Paris Masters. Even now, his participation is in doubt, but he has the biggest opportunity to win the title. Nadal has not been able to win this event after only managing to reach the finals in 2010 and 2013.
After having gone through a resurgent 2017 with titles at Roland Garros and US Open, Nadal is a likely candidate to win this event – if he is fit.
Dimitrov comes into the event with a reputation for aggressive in attacking tennis. His record against Nadal is a disappointing 1-10, but he has come close on the last few occasions. Dimitrov also has a poor record against Thiem but the Austrian has been going through a disappointing run of form over the last few months. Thiem has been able to get just two victories in his recent five tournaments. Thiem is also having a disadvantage in the head-to-head record against Nadal and Goffin. It would take a huge effort from Thiem to come out successful – or even get past the group stages.
Goffin has not been going through a great run, and he is also not a likely candidate to back for victory.
Group Boris Becker:
Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and Jack Sock
Federer is unsurprisingly a strong candidate to win the title. He has been able to win the event six times, and he has also reached the final in three out of the last four editions. Even though he has not been able to lift the title since 2011, Federer comes on the back of a tremendous run of form in 2017.
The Swiss master has a strong 12-3 record against the three opponents. He is also helped by the inexperience of the players, as Sock and Zverev are featuring at the ATP finals for the first time in their careers. They are up against a formidable opponent in the form of Federer, who looks to have regained his former glory days. Yet, Zverev is the most promising in the group. The 20-year-old German decided to skip the NextGen finals in order to be part of this tournament.
Sock has had a surprise entry that he is unlikely to make much impact. The same also applies for Cilic, although he can be backed to reach the knockout stages.