2014 ATP Finals Field: Raonic, Nishikori, Cilic Make Debut
by Staff | November 1st, 2014, 1:35 am

The field for the 2014 ATP Finals in London is set, and it features a nice mix of new vs. old. Back again are the familiar faces of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych along with first timers Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori and US Open winner Marin Cilic.

The round robin event begins on Sunday, November 9 and concludes the following Sunday on the 16th.

Groupings will be announced in the days leading up to the event. Players will be divided into two grouped based on random alternate rankings (#1 in one group, #2 in the other, #3 and #4 also split, etc…). The rankings will be based on Monday’s list.

Federer has won the event six times, Djokovic twice including last year.

David Ferrer and Grigor Dimitrov have the option of serving as alternates. The 23-year-old Dimitrov will finish No. 11 in the final ATP Rankings, one spot behind No. 10 Ferrer.

2014 ATP Finals Qualifiers:
Novak Djokovic
Roger Federer
Stan Wawrinka
Andy Murray
Tomas Berdych
Kei Nishikori
Marin Cilic
Milos Raonic

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21 Comments for 2014 ATP Finals Field: Raonic, Nishikori, Cilic Make Debut

Thangs Says:

Good that Ferrer is out. He never gonna beat Nole, Murray or Fed..Even if he beats others and progress to Semi, he will fall again to Top3. Atleast with new group, you can expect something


I think Nole was three times winner:2008,2012,2013.
Good luck Nole for 2014.

Daniel Says:

You are right Bojana Djoko has 3 titles.

Berdych collapsed in the final game, 2 DF and broke his racquet. Raonic in another final.

Have to check the standings with this result. how his ranking will be.

Polo Says:

That’s the way to do it after beating a top player, don’t lose the next match to a lesser player. Good job, Milos. I feel bad for Berdych. Such a talented player with all the tools except for the mental part. The younger ones are starting to jump over him. It must be a frustrating feeling.

andrea Says:

Congrats to Milos, Marin and Kei….all first timers at the WTF. Sad to see that Berdych crumbled when it mattered, but really, hasn’t that been the ongoing thread of his career? Wonder if Raonic can take the last step and beat Novak in the final?

Hippy Chick Says:

Berdych has allot of talent,but has always been mentally fragile,especially against the top players,although he seems to get so inspired against Roger hmm….

Polo Says:

Berdych would greatly profit from a good tough coach but it has to happen soon. He is not getting any younger. Lendl could have been the perfect coach for him. I feel sorry that he could not hold himself together when it’s clutch time. His record against Federer is decent at 6 wins to Roger’s 12 but that’s far from calling he’s got Roger’s number. I hope he gets at least one major in his career.

Hippy Chick Says:

Polo i wouldnt say hes got Rogers number either,but he certainly gets inspired when facing him thats all im saying,funny when he faces Rafa or Novak he folds mentally,at Wimbledon in 2010 when he beat Roger and Novak,that was some of the best tennis ive ever seen him play,ill be the first to admit that his run to the final was way more impressive than Rafas,whos run was based on war of attrition,he was actually my pick for the title too that year,it was unfortunate that he run out of steam,sadly he may not ever get a better chance….

jane Says:

that’s right bojana.

agree with others; it’s great to see 3 new faces in the mix this year at the world tour finals.

Hippy Chick Says:

I will be delighted if or when Nishikori wins a GS,and im 999.9% positive that he will,he is becoming one of my new favorite players behind Rafa and Andy,but it was refreshing to see some new players winning GS,and the USO had two brand new finalists,which meant we were guaranteed a brand new GS champion,who knew?….

Polo Says:

Hippy Chick, Berdych probably feels more empowered when playing Roger because I think he beat Roger in their first meeting. Theoretically, he should have beaten Nadal at that Wimbledon final but he just crumbled. Berdych is more likely to lose in the finals than win it.

Hippy Chick Says:

Polo true,and i wouldve been the first to admit he deserved it,and i wouldnt have had a problem in saying so either,still all would haves and pur conjecture,but IMO some of the critisism Berdych gets on this forum is quite unfair at times….

Hippy Chick Says:

^Sorry pure not pur conjecture^….

Polo Says:

Nishikori’s problem is that, good as he is, he will always be at the mercy of the bigger, more powerful players if that player happens to be playing at his best. Example: Cilic played his best at the US Open and Nishikori was not able to impose his game on him and lost in straught sets. If Raonic inproves his movements and Dimitrov improves his mind, Nashikori will have a hard time against them.

Hippy Chick Says:

Polo only time will tell….

Polo Says:

Any of the young crop of good players and even the 2nd tier players (yes, including Berdych) can hope that a Wawrinka moment can happen to them, too. It has already happened to one of them, Cilic.

Daniel Says:

But if we look closely to Slams I only think the “young guns” have a shot at the HC Slams, AO and US Open.

RG is dominated by Nadal and only one I see winning other than him is Djokovic. Maybe Nishikori and Federer. Can’t see Murray, Raonic, Dimitrov or Wawa (maybe but getting older as well).

Wimbledon is between Djokovic, Murray, Federer. At least for 1 more year. Honestly cannot see Nadal returning to a Wimby final, not at 29 next year and with his past 3 years results. Maybe Raonic in Wimbledon or Dimitrov. So still think next year we will have 2 Slams minimum won by the usual suspects, if not more. BUt the top dogs are all vulnerable on HC majors as shown this year. The top 10 can beat themselves and all big 4 will be 27, almost 28 or older next year.

madmax Says:

Well, Roger has beaten Berdych 12 times and the last time they met this year was in Dubai where Federer beat him in the final.

I think we all remember when Berdych beat fed at wimbledon in 2010 and the USOpen in 2012, since then, Berdych has been looked upon as someone who can actually beat fed on any given day and in a slam too! So, yes of course, he has all the ability and the tools, but I think sometimes that arrogance precedes Berdych.

Federer was down and out in the slam, that I remember most, the Australian in 2009. Remember that? Thomas was two sets up and Fed had to really dig deep in order to overcome him, and he did.

He has the power and the shots, but I find him such an unpleasant person, somewhat brash and though some find him attractive in other ways, I absolutely don’t.

He does have the ability to beat Roger, because he is such a heavy weight with his serve and with his almost bullish stance and muscle walk before he heads towards the court to serve. Tomas just turns me off. I don’t find any pleasure in watching him play tennis at all.

He is a great tennis player, but coupled with being rude and pretty, I don’t think a good combination.

All in all, Federer is by far the better player. Polo, you were right to say that Berdych beat Roger the first time they played. That was at the olympics in Athens, 2000.

Hippy Chick Says:

Madmax of course Rogers the more superior player,i wasnt saying he wasnt,the guy has 17 GS to zero,so its a no brainer,and he aint my player of choice either,i did warm to him slighty after he did that charity match with Lendel for Ross,after the Queens final last year,discussing his relationship with Ester to the press was quite sweet too….

Giles Says:

@Daniel. Don’t write off Rafa from having good chances at Wimby just yet inspite of his abysmal results in the last 3 years Next year there will be an extra week between FO and Wimby which might make all the difference to improving his chances. I am hopeful. Let’s wait and see
Vamos Rafa!

Hippy Chick Says:

^Certainly wouldnt put it past him,always did think the leap from clay to grass,was all too quick,will it make any difference,time will tell^….

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