>Players Arrive In London For Season Finals


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.”

Roger Federer, who has shown some recent good form, is hoping for a return to dominance on the tour. “I look back on wasted opportunities, the match points, and at Halle (the pre-Wimbledon grass-court event) where it was 6-4, 4-4 and 0-40 on Lleyton Hewitt’s serve (he lost there as well). If you add all those things together, if I’d won one more round each time it would have looked a different season.

For me this is the worst part. I’ve missed quite a few big opportunities which then make my season look somewhat fragile, which I don’t think it was. I have always tried to play each point as tough as I can and sometimes it happens that way. It’s not the first time I’ve lost after having match point. Sometimes you get unlucky with these kind of runs.”

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