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The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is a tennis tournament played at the end of each year, involving the top eight players in the men's tennis world rankings.

Unlike most of the other events on the men's tour, the ATP World Tour Finals is not a straightforward knock-out tournament. The eight players are divided into two groups of four, and play three round-robin matches each against the other three players in their group. From there, the two players with the best records in each group progress to the semifinals, with the winners meeting in the final to determine the champion. Winners are awarded up to 1500 rankings points.

Short history

The event is actually the third evolution of a championship which began in 1970. It was originally known simply as The Masters Grand Prix tournament, and was organised by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The Masters was a year-end showpiece event between the best players on the men's tour, but did not count for any world ranking points. In 1990, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) took over the running of the men's tour and replaced the Masters with the ATP Tour World Championship. World ranking points were now at stake, with an undefeated champion earning the same number of points they would for winning one of the four Grand Slam events. The ITF, who continued to run the Grand Slam tournaments, created a rival year-end event known as the Grand Slam Cup, which was contested by the 16 players with the best records in Grand Slam competitions that year. In December 1999, the ATP and ITF agreed to discontinue the two separate events and create a new jointly-owned event called the Tennis Masters Cup. As with the Masters and the ATP Tour World Championships, the Tennis Masters Cup is contested by eight players. However, under the rules of the Tennis Masters Cup, the player who is ranked number eight in the ATP Champion's Race world rankings does not have a guaranteed spot. If a player who wins one of the year's Grand Slam events finishes the year ranked outside the top eight but still within the top 20, he may be included in the Tennis Masters Cup instead of the eighth-ranked player. If two players outside the top eight win Grand Slam events, the higher placed player in the world rankings will take the final spot in the Tennis Masters Cup.

In 2009 the Masters have been renamed the ATP World Tour Finals and it will be staged at The O2marker in Londonmarker from 2009 to 2012.

For many years, the doubles event was held as a separate tournament the week after the singles competition. But more recently they have been held together in the same week and venue. Like the singles competition, the doubles involves the eight most successful teams on the tour each year and starts with a group phase with each team playing three round-robin matches.

Former World No.1s Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl hold the record for the most titles, each with 5.

Past finals

Singles

Location Year Champion Runner-up Score
ATP World Tour Finals
Londonmarker 2009 Nikolay Davydenko Juan Martín del Potro 6–3, 6–4
Tennis Masters Cup
Shanghai 2008 Novak Djokovic Nikolay Davydenko 6–1, 7–5
2007 Roger Federer (4) David Ferrer 6–2, 6–3, 6–2
2006 Roger Federer (3) James Blake 6–0, 6–3, 6–4
2005 David Nalbandian Roger Federer 6–7(4), 6–7(11), 6–2, 6–1, 7–6(3)
Houston 2004 Roger Federer (2) Lleyton Hewitt 6–3, 6–2
2003 Roger Federer Andre Agassi 6–3, 6–0, 6–4
Shanghai 2002 Lleyton Hewitt (2) Juan Carlos Ferrero 7–5, 7–5, 2–6, 2–6, 6–4
Sydneymarker 2001 Lleyton Hewitt Sebastien Grosjean 6–3, 6–3, 6–4
Lisbonmarker 2000 Gustavo Kuerten Andre Agassi 6–4, 6–4, 6–4
ATP Tour World Championships
Hanovermarker 1999 Pete Sampras (5) Andre Agassi 6–1, 7–5, 6–4
1998 Alex Corretja Carlos Moya 3–6, 3–6, 7–5, 6–3, 7–5
1997 Pete Sampras (4) Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–3, 6–2, 6–2
1996 Pete Sampras (3) Boris Becker 3–6, 7–6(5), 7–6(4), 6–7(11), 6–4
Frankfurtmarker 1995 Boris Becker (3) Michael Chang 7–6(3), 6–0, 7–6(5)
1994 Pete Sampras (2) Boris Becker 4–6, 6–3, 7–5, 6–4
1993 Michael Stich Pete Sampras 7–6(3), 2–6, 7–6(7), 6–2
1992 Boris Becker (2) Jim Courier 6–4, 6–3, 7–5
1991 Pete Sampras Jim Courier 3–6, 7–6(5), 6–3, 6–4
1990 Andre Agassi Stefan Edberg 5–7, 7–6(5), 7–5, 6–2
Masters Grand Prix
New York Citymarker 1989 Stefan Edberg Boris Becker 4–6, 7–6(6), 6–3, 6–1
1988 Boris Becker Ivan Lendl 5–7, 7–6(5), 3–6, 6–2, 7–6(5)
1987 Ivan Lendl (5) Mats Wilander 6–2, 6–2, 6–3
1986 Ivan Lendl (4) Boris Becker 6–4, 6–4, 6–4
1985 Ivan Lendl (3) Boris Becker 6–2, 7–6(4), 6–3
1984 John McEnroe (3) Ivan Lendl 7–5, 6–0, 6–4
1983 John McEnroe (2) Ivan Lendl 6–3, 6–4, 6–4
1982 Ivan Lendl (2) John McEnroe 6–4, 6–4, 6–2
1981 Ivan Lendl Vitas Gerulaitis 6–7(5), 2–6, 7–6(6), 6–2, 6–4
1980 Björn Borg (2) Ivan Lendl 6–4, 6–2, 6–2
1979 Björn Borg Vitas Gerulaitis 6–2, 6–2
1978 John McEnroe Arthur Ashe 6–7, 6–3, 7–5
1977 Jimmy Connors Björn Borg 6–4, 1–6, 6–4
Houstonmarker 1976 Manuel Orantes Wojtek Fibak 5–7, 6–2, 0–6, 7–6(1), 6–1
Stockholmmarker 1975 Ilie Nastase (4) Björn Borg 6–2, 6–2, 6–1
Melbournemarker 1974 Guillermo Vilas Ilie Nastase 7–6, 6–2, 3–6, 3–6, 6–4
Bostonmarker 1973 Ilie Nastase (3) Tom Okker 6–3, 7–5, 4–6, 6–3
Barcelonamarker 1972 Ilie Nastase (2) Stan Smith 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 2–6, 6–3
Parismarker 1971 Ilie Nastase Round Robin
Tokyomarker 1970 Stan Smith Round Robin


Doubles

Location Year Champions Runners-up Score
ATP World Tour Finals
London 2009 Bob Bryan

Mike Bryan
Max Mirnyi

Andy Ram
7–6(5), 6–3
Tennis Masters Cup
Shanghai 2008 Daniel Nestor

Nenad Zimonjic
Bob Bryan

Mike Bryan
7–6(3), 6–2
2007 Mark Knowles

Daniel Nestor
Simon Aspelin

Julian Knowle
6–2, 6–3
2006 Jonas Bjorkman

Max Mirnyi
Mark Knowles

Daniel Nestor
6–2, 6–4
2005 Michael Llodra

Fabrice Santoro
Leander Paes

Nenad Zimonjic
6–7(6), 6–3, 7–6(4)
Houston 2004 Bob Bryan

Mike Bryan
Wayne Black

Kevin Ullyett
4–6, 7–5, 6–4, 6–2
2003 Bob Bryan

Mike Bryan
Michael Llodra

Fabrice Santoro
6–7(6), 6–3, 3–6, 7–6(3), 6–4
  2002 Not Held
ATP World Doubles Challenge Cup
Bangalore 2001 Ellis Ferreira

Rick Leach
Petr Pala

Pavel Vizner
6–7(6), 7–6(2), 6–4, 6–4
ATP Tour World Championships
Bangaloremarker 2000 Donald Johnson

Piet Norval
Mahesh Bhupathi

Leander Paes
7–6(8), 6–3, 6–4
Hartfordmarker 1999 Sebastien Lareau

Alex O'Brien
Mahesh Bhupathi

Leander Paes
6–3, 6–2, 6–2
1998 Jacco Eltingh

Paul Haarhuis
Mark Knowles

Daniel Nestor
6–4, 6–2, 7–5
1997 Rick Leach

Jonathan Stark
Mahesh Bhupathi

Leander Paes
6–3, 6–4, 7–6(3)
1996 Todd Woodbridge

Mark Woodforde
Sebastien Lareau

Alex O'Brien
6–4, 5–7, 6–2, 7–6(3)
Eindhovenmarker 1995 Grant Connell

Patrick Galbraith
Jacco Eltingh

Paul Haarhuis
7–6(6), 7–6(6), 3–6, 7–6(2)
Jakartamarker 1994 Jan Apell

Jonas Bjorkman
Todd Woodbridge

Mark Woodforde
6–4, 4–6, 4–6, 7–6(5), 7–6(6)
Johannesburgmarker 1993 Jacco Eltingh

Paul Haarhuis
Todd Woodbridge

Mark Woodforde
7–6(4), 7–6(5), 6–4
1992 Todd Woodbridge

Mark Woodforde
John Fitzgerald

Anders Järryd
6–2, 7–6(4), 5–7, 3–6, 6–3
1991 John Fitzgerald

Anders Järryd
Ken Flach

Robert Seguso
6–4, 6–4, 2–6, 6–4
Sanctuary Cove 1990 Guy Forget

Jakob Hlasek
Sergio Casal

Emilio Sanchez
6–4, 7–6(5), 5–7, 6–4
Masters Grand Prix
Londonmarker 1989 Jim Grabb

Patrick McEnroe
John Fitzgerald

Anders Järryd
7–5, 7–6(4), 5–7, 6–3
1988 Rick Leach

Jim Pugh
Sergio Casal

Emilio Sanchez
6–4, 6–3, 2–6, 6–0
1987 Miloslav Mecir

Tomas Smid
Ken Flach

Robert Seguso
6–4, 7–5, 6–7(5), 6–3
1986 Stefan Edberg

Anders Järryd
Guy Forget

Yannick Noah
6–3, 7–6, 6–3
New York Citymarker 1985 Stefan Edberg

Anders Järryd
Joakim Nystrom

Mats Wilander
6–1, 7–6
1984 Peter Fleming

John McEnroe
Mark Edmondson

Sherwood Stewart
6–3, 6–1
1983 Peter Fleming

John McEnroe
Pavel Slozil

Tomas Smid
6–2, 6–2
1982 Peter Fleming

John McEnroe
Sherwood Stewart

Ferdi Taygan
6–2, 6–2
1981 Peter Fleming

John McEnroe
Kevin Curren

Steve Denton
6–3, 6–3
1980 Peter Fleming

John McEnroe
Peter McNamara

Paul McNamee
6–4, 6–3
1979 Peter Fleming

John McEnroe
Wojtek Fibak

Tom Okker
6–3, 7–6, 6–1
1978 Peter Fleming

John McEnroe
Wojtek Fibak

Tom Okker
6–4, 6–2, 6–4
1977 Bob Hewitt

Frew McMillan
Robert Lutz

Stan Smith
7–5, 7–6, 6–3
Houstonmarker 1976 Fred McNair

Sherwood Stewart
Brian Gottfried

Raul Ramirez
6–4, 5–7, 5–7, 6–4, 6–4
Stockholmmarker 1975 Juan Gisbert

Manuel Orantes
Round Robin
1974

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1971
Not Held
Tokyomarker 1970 Stan Smith

Arthur Ashe
Round Robin


Singles Titles Matrix

Titles won Player Years Won Runners-up
5 Ivan Lendl 1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987 (5) 1980, 1983, 1984, 1988 (4)
Pete Sampras 1991, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999 (5) 1993 (1)
4 Roger Federer 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 (4) 2005 (1)
Ilie Năstase 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975 (4) 1974 (1)
3 Boris Becker 1988, 1992, 1995 (3) 1985, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1996 (5)
John McEnroe 1978, 1983, 1984 (3) 1982 (1)
2 Björn Borg 1979, 1980 (2) 1975, 1977 (2)
Lleyton Hewitt 2001, 2002 (2) 2004 (1)
1 Andre Agassi 1990 (1) 1999, 2000, 2003 (3)
Jimmy Connors 1977 (1)
Àlex Corretja 1998 (1)
Nikolay Davydenko 2009 (1) 2008 (1)
Novak Djokovic 2008 (1)
Stefan Edberg 1989 (1) 1990 (1)
Gustavo Kuerten 2000 (1)
David Nalbandian 2005 (1)
Manuel Orantes 1976 (1)
Stan Smith 1970 (1) 1972 (1)
Michael Stich 1993 (1)
Guillermo Vilas 1974 (1)
0 Arthur Ashe 1979 (1)
James Blake 2006 (1)
Michael Chang 1995 (1)
Jim Courier 1991, 1992 (2)
David Ferrer 2007 (1)
Wojciech Fibak 1976 (1)
Juan Carlos Ferrero 2002 (1)
Vitas Gerulaitis 1979, 1981 (2)
Sébastien Grosjean 2001 (1)
Yevgeny Kafelnikov 1997 (1)
Carlos Moya 1998 (1)
Tom Okker 1973 (1)
Mats Wilander 1987 (1)
Juan Martin Del Potro 2009 (1)


Honor Roll (singles)

ATP Tour Championships
Stage 1996 1997 1998 1999
Champion P Sampras P Sampras A Corretja P Sampras
Final B Becker Y Kafelnikov C Moyá A Agassi
Semifinal G Ivanisevic
R Krajicek
J Björkman
C Moyá
T Henman
P Sampras
Y Kafelnikov
N Kiefer
Round Robin A Agassi
M Chang
T Enqvist
Y Kafelnikov
T Muster



S Bruguera
M Chang
T Henman
T Muster
P Rafter
G Rusedski




A Agassi
A Costa
Y Kafelnikov
K Kucera
M Ríos
G Rusedski




T Enqvist
G Kuerten
N Lapentti
T Martin




Tennis Masters Cup (since 2000–present):

Player Years
participated
Matches W-L W Rate 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 Best result
Andre Agassi 5 16 8-8 .500 F RR RR F RR F (2000, 2003)
James Blake 1 5 3-2 .600 F F (2006)
Guillermo Coria 3 8 1-7 .125 RR RR RR RR (2003, 2004, 2005)
Àlex Corretja 1 3 1-2 .333 RR RR (2000)
Albert Costa 1 3 1-2 .333 RR RR (2002)
Nikolay Davydenko 5 20 12-8 SF RR RR F W W (2009)
Juan Martín del Potro 2 8 4-4 .500 RR F F (2009)
Novak Đoković 3 11 5-6 .455 RR W RR W (2008)
Roger Federer 8 36 29-7 .806 SF W W F W W RR SF W (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007)
David Ferrer 1 5 4-1 .800 F F (2007)
Juan Carlos Ferrero 3 12 6-6 .500 SF F RR F (2002)
Richard Gasquet 1 3 1-2 .333 RR RR (2007)
Gastón Gaudio 2 7 2-5 .286 RR SF SF (2005)
Fernando González 2 5 2-3 .400 RR (A) RR RR (2005, 2007)
Sébastien Grosjean 1 5 3-2 .600 F F (2001)
Tim Henman 1 3 1-2 .333 RR RR (2004)
Lleyton Hewitt 4 18 13-5 .722 RR W W F W (2001, 2002)
Goran Ivanišević 1 3 1-2 .333 RR RR (2001)
Thomas Johansson 1 1 0-1 .000 RR (A) RR (2002)
Yevgeny Kafelnikov 2 7 4-3 .571 RR SF SF (2001)
Gustavo Kuerten 2 8 4-4 .500 W RR W (2000)
Ivan Ljubičić 2 6 2-4 .333 RR RR RR (2005, 2006)
Carlos Moyà 3 10 5-5 .500 SF RR RR SF (2002)
Andy Murray 2 7 5-2 .714 SF RR SF (2008)
Rafael Nadal 3 11 4-7 .364 SF SF RR SF (2006, 2007)
David Nalbandian 3 13 6-7 .462 RR W SF W (2005)
Magnus Norman 1 3 0-3 .000 RR RR (2000)
Jiří Novák 1 3 1-2 .333 RR RR (2002)
Mariano Puerta 1 3 0-3 .000 RR (A) RR (2005)
Patrick Rafter 1 3 0-3 .000 RR RR (2001)
Tommy Robredo 1 3 1-2 .333 RR RR (2006)
Andy Roddick 5 16 8-8 .500 SF SF RR SF RR SF (2003, 2004, 2007)
Marat Safin 3 11 4-7 .363 SF RR SF SF (2000, 2004)
Pete Sampras 1 4 2-2 .500 SF SF (2000)
Rainer Schüttler 1 4 2-2 .500 SF SF (2003)
Gilles Simon 1 4 2-2 .500 SF SF (2008)
Robin Söderling 1 4 2-2 .500 SF
Radek Štěpánek 1 2 0-2 .000 RR (A) RR (2008)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 1 3 1-2 .333 RR RR (2008)
Fernando Verdasco 1 3 0-3 .000 RR RR (2009)


Stage 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Champion G Kuerten L Hewitt L Hewitt R Federer R Federer D Nalbandian R Federer R Federer N Djoković N Davydenko
Final A Agassi S Grosjean JC Ferrero A Agassi L Hewitt R Federer J Blake D Ferrer N Davydenko JM del Potro
Semifinal M Safin
P Sampras
JC Ferrero
Y Kafelnikov
R Federer
C Moyá
A Roddick
R Schüttler
A Roddick
M Safin
N Davydenko
G Gaudio
R Nadal
D Nalbandian
R Nadal
A Roddick
A Murray
G Simon
R Federer
R Söderling
Round Robin A Corretja
L Hewitt
M Norman
Y Kafelnikov


A Agassi
G Ivanisevic
G Kuerten
P Rafter


A Agassi
A Costa
T Johansson (A)
J Novak
M Safin



G Coria
JC Ferrero
C Moyá
D Nalbandian


G Coria
G Gaudio
T Henman
C Moyá


A Agassi
G Coria
F González (A)
I Ljubicić
M Puerta



N Davydenko
I Ljubicić
T Robredo
Andy Roddick


N Davydenko
N Djoković
R Gasquet
F González


JM del Potro
R Federer
A Roddick
R Štěpánek (A)
JW Tsonga



N Djoković
A Murray
R Nadal
F Verdasco




Timeline

Facts

  • Players who won the tournament undefeated (since 1990):
    1. Michael Stich, Germany, 1993
    2. Lleyton Hewitt, Australia, 2001
    3. Roger Federer, Switzerland, 2003, 2004, 2006
  • Players who won back-to-back titles:
    1. Ilie Năstase, Romania, 1971-1973
    2. Björn Borg, Sweden, 1979-80
    3. Ivan Lendl (2), Czechoslovakia, 1981-1982; 1985-1987
    4. John McEnroe, United States, 1983-1984
    5. Pete Sampras, United States, 1996-1997
    6. Lleyton Hewitt, Australia, 2001-2002
    7. Roger Federer (2), Switzerland, 2003-2004; 2006-2007
  • Most consecutive titles:
1. Ivan Lendl, 3
1. Ilie Nastase, 3
  • Most consecutive finals:
1. Ivan Lendl, Czechoslovakia, 9 (1980-1988)
2. Ilie Năstase, Romania, 5 (1971-1975)
2. Roger Federer, Switzerland, 5 (2003-2007)
4. Stan Smith, United States, 3 (1970-1972)
4. Boris Becker, Germany, 3 (1994-1996)


See also



References

  1. London Awarded 2009 ATP World Tour Finals


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