ATP World Tour Finals 2011
This entry was posted on Thursday, November 17th, 2011
Like Wimbledon with less grass.
Ten years ago this month, the shutters were all set to fall on the white elephant that was New Labour’s Millennium Dome. Quite simply, not enough people were willing to pay good money to go and see exhibitions focusing on the History of Christianity or go and sit in a ‘Rest Zone.’ What the hell was all that about?
This week, numerous unsold seats suggest an equal number of people aren’t willing to sit in the O2 and watch Tomas Berdych play David Ferrer. It certainly isn’t progress that’s for sure.
One way of recouping your hard-earned tax cash that was spunked all over the dome could be to bet on the ATP World Final taking place at the O2 across the next week. There are two groups of four – Group A holds Djokovic, Murray, Berdych and Murray whilst Group B includes defending champions Roger Federer, Nadal, Tsonga and Mardy Fish. There then follows semi-finals pitting group winners against the other group’s runners-up, before the final itself arrives in ten days time.
If the tournament goes to plan, one semi should see Novak Djokovic continue his rich vein of form against Roger Federer, whilst we fancy Andy Murray to take advantage of playing at home to beat Rafa Nadal (which he tends to do when it doesn’t matter).
Djokovic is a remarkable 5.4 with Betfair to win the tournament, and that price should be snapped up quicker than a chance to slap Ed Miliband.
The surprise figure of Nikolay Davidenko won in 2009, and if you are looking for an upset, Tomas Berdych at 24 is undoubtedly your man.