Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Robin Soderling, Tomas Berdych and Andy Roddick have arrived in London, heading to Downing Street for a photo-op and a chance to meet British Prime Minister David Cameron.
The top 8 players from this season will commence play on Sunday between November 21-28 and will be played in round robin format, with the notable absence of Nikolay Davydenko, last years winner.
Group A will be made up by Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Tomas Berdych and Novak Djokovic, with Nadal and Roddick pairing up first.
Group B will see Roger Federer start against David Ferrer and Robin Soderling against Andy Murray.
For Nadal, he is coming into the tournament hoping that a shoulder tendinitis from his new and improved serve has settled. He hopes to claim the title that has thus far eluded him and see where he needs to change ahead of next season.“This tournament, gives me the opportunity to see what I have to do to play better and to start the next year better. I see the way, what I have to do if I want to be more competitive on this kind of surface. I have to play more aggressive. After the serve, when I touch the first forehand, I have to attack more than what I did in these last months… I have to recover my forehand winner and my intensity and my rhythm on the forehand. For the rest, when I’m playing well with the forehand, the backhand is going to improve a lot.
This tournament is more difficult one for me because of the surface and the opponents. It will be a big challenge and it will be very difficult but I will try my best. If it happens the same as last year my season is fantastic so that’s less pressure for me. We will see what happens. I am focused on trying to play well there but this is the most difficult tournament for me to win during the year. But I am here to try.”