ATP Finals 8-Man Field Is Set: Dominic Thiem Takes Last Spot, Novak Djokovic Lone Former Champion
by Staff | November 4th, 2016, 8:25 pm
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The last spot in the ATP Finals in London was secured by Dominic Thiem after Tomas Berdych fell in Paris today. The 23-year-old Thiem will join Gael Monfils as debutants in the event.

“I’m so happy to have made it to London, also thanks to Andy and Milos who helped me out,” said Thiem. “It’s been a dream since my childhood to qualify for the ATP Finals. In the past two years it became a goal and to achieve it at such a young age it is amazing, 20 years after the only other Austrian player. It’s going to be a great experience to compete against the best players in the world. I look forward to spending a week with them in London.”

The 8 Players
Novak Djokovic
Andy Murray
Stan Wawrinka
Milos Raonic
Kei Nishikori
Gael Monfils
Marin Cilic
Dominic Thiem

The groups (John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl) will be announced Monday afternoon. The event begins a week from Sunday.

Novak Djokovic is the only former champion or player to even make the final in the field. Djokovic has won the event the last four years, five times overall. And he and Andy Murray will also be in a battle for the No. 1 ranking.


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9 Comments for ATP Finals 8-Man Field Is Set: Dominic Thiem Takes Last Spot, Novak Djokovic Lone Former Champion

chrisford1 Says:

Pretty amazing that Djokovic is the only one of the 8 who has even been to a Championship final!!

As Thiem takes the last spot, tribute to Tomas Berdych’s consistent excellence over the years, more or less staying in the Top 10 for a long time and making the last 6 Championships. Like David Ferrer, he never challenged the Big 4 but there is no shame in that.


Willow Says:

Strange that Novak is the only player in the field to have made the final, or won the title, like the womens side im hoping for an open and well contested tournament, i think Novak will win it as i cant see him losing two matches ….


Berghain Says:

Considering Federer and Nadal are absent it comes us no surprise to me that Djokovic is the only competing player to have made a final.

Looking at the last 10 years, the only other active players to have made a final are delpo, tsonga and ferrer.

Going back all the way to 2005 it was always Fed, Djokovic or both in the Final. Those to have absolutely owned the ATP Finals. I only wish Fed was a bit younger and that Djokovic had played less Masters 1000 in the last couple of years – this was he could of avoided this kind of burn out he is currently sufering.


Willow Says:

Deveydenko won the WTFs in 2009 ….


Berghain Says:

@Williow

Oh thx! Forgot that completely.


FedExpress Says:

when nole can lose to agut and cilic he can lose to every1.

what has he done this fall? nothing. and his confidence is so low.

think murray or even wawrinka (yes i know that he isnt good indoor but reached the semis the last two years)

nole is mentally and physically done for the moment. and i enjoy it. nadal, murray and fed had their fair share bit of it. now is his turn


Willow Says:

Fedexpress it is indeed strange that Novak hasnt done so well this fall, which is the time of year where hes usually unbeatable, same with Nadal in the CC season, we will see what happens now at the WTFs, i must admit it is great to see things getting shaken up a bit, and thats an overall generalisation ….


Giles Says:

What’s even better still is that we won’t hear the gloating joker fans on here for a while at least especially that dude from down under. Wonder if he’s sipping his favourite brandy as I write! LMAO


Alexandra Says:

Thiem should also thank Rafa that he isn’t playing. He is only Number 9 after all. Seems a lot of people forget that.

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