Battle For Year-End No. 1 Heads To London
Year-end World No. 1 in singles and doubles could come down to the wire at The O2
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic will resume their battle later this week for year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, following the draw ceremony for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 13-20 November.
The quest to be crowned year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings will also reach fever pitch as Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut and Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares square-off for the title.
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Murray, who has won an ATP World Tour-best eight titles this year, leads Group John McEnroe alongside Stan Wawrinka (9-7 FedEx ATP Head2Head record), Kei Nishikori (7-2) and Marin Cilic (11-3). Murray, who has a 73-9 match record in 2016, has qualified for the season finale for the ninth successive year, with semi-final runs in 2008 (l. to Davydenko), 2010 (l. to Nadal) and 2012 (l. to Federer). He is attempting to become the first Briton to win the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and secure year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time.
“You're playing against the best players in the world in this event. The top eight players are here, and every match is extremely tough,” Murray said during the draw ceremony. “I look forward to getting out there. It's obviously an amazing atmosphere, playing at The 02.”
Cilic, who also played in London in 2014, said he's eager to make his return to the season finale. “I'm really happy to be a part of this,” he said.
Djokovic, who saw his streak of 122 consecutive weeks at No. 1 end on 7 November, is looking to capture a fifth consecutive and record-equalling sixth year-end title. The Serbian has been drawn in Group Ivan Lendl with Milos Raonic (7-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head) and two debutants, Gael Monfils (13-0) and Dominic Thiem (3-0). With a 61-8 mark and seven titles in 2016, he is also looking to finish year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the fifth time.
Monfils said the changes he's made in his game this year have been worth it. “I'm very happy to be here. It's the first time but I'm very proud to be a part of this big tournament,” Monfils said during the draw ceremony. “We work hard and now it's paying off.”
Eight different countries are represented in the elite eight-man field, with Group Ivan Lendl matches scheduled to begin on Sunday, 13 November. Group John McEnroe matches will begin on Monday, 14 November. John McEnroe won the 1978, 1983-84 season finale crowns, while Ivan Lendl won five titles from nine straight finals (1980-88).
Doubles - Group Fleming/McEnroe
 Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) / Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
 Marc Lopez (ESP) / Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
 Henri Kontinen (FIN) / John Peers (AUS)
 Raven Klaasen (RSA) / Rajeev Ram (USA)
Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, the winners of five titles this season – including Wimbledon and three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns, lead Group Fleming/McEnroe alongside Marc Lopez and Feliciano Lopez, the recent Paris titlists Henri Kontinen and John Peers, and Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram. Mahut will attain year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings with one round-robin victory at The O2.
Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, who are in contention to become the year-end No. 1 team, were drawn in Group Edberg/Jarryd with four-time season finale winners Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, who recently passed 1,000 doubles team match wins. Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo and first-time qualifiers Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi make up the group.
Peter Fleming and McEnroe won seven straight year-end doubles titles from 1978-84, while Stefan Edberg, a former singles and doubles World No. 1, and Anders Jarryd picked up the 1985 and 1986 trophies.
British TV presenter Rob Curling hosted the 2016 draw ceremony.