Understandably, tickets to The O2 Arena to watch the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals were hot property in the SuperBreak office. Sadly not all of us could go, but the lucky souls that did are here to us all about the tennis action from last week’s exciting sporting event…
Day 1, by Maisie Mason-Smith
Being the excellent daughter that I am, I decided to treat my mum to a day at the ATP Tennis at the O2 Arena as she is an avid tennis fan! Luckily for us, the draw for Day One was a particularly good one too with mum’s all-time favourite player, Roger Federer taking centre stage in the evening.
Upon arrival at The O2 bright and early at around 10.45am, we caught a glimpse of Andy Murray warming up on court. The main action then kicked off at midday. First up was the doubles with Spanish duo Granollers and Lopez taking on the French Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin. The match certainly wasn’t one sided and both teams put up a good fight, however in the end it was the Spaniards who clinched victory in 2 sets, with the final score being 6-4 6-4.
Then came the match that most of the crowd had been waiting for – Andy Murray vs. Kei Nishikori! Despite the vast majority of people cheering on Murray, the Japanese star did not let this get to him and put up a strong fight. After a nail biting two sets, Nishikori pipped Murray to the post, again winning 6-4 6-4. In my opinion Nishikori was the deserved winner too; he was the better player in the match and didn’t buckle under the pressure like Murray did.
After a quick tea break, it was back to the tennis once again with the evening’s first match – Dodig/Melo took on Nestor/Zimonjic. Another 2 set win was in store, with Croatian-Brazilian duo Dodig and Melo taking it to tie break in the second set and finally winning 6-3 7-5.
Saving the best until last, the day was brought to a close with the Swiss favourite Roger Federer taking on Canadian newbie Milos Raonic. Raonic didn’t let the continuous yodelling from the crowd and support for Federer bother him, and managed to put numerous aces past Federer. His huge serve definitely goes a long way to explaining his successful tennis record! However, the match once again came to a close in just two sets. Federer scored 6 games to 1 in the first set, however Raonic managed to take Federer to tie break in the second. Fortunately for Federer though, Raonic struggled a little with his serve and Federer managed to win the tie break 7-0 and secured overall victory of the match 6-1 7-6.
Day 2, by Ashley Wilcox
As my first ever chance to see a live tennis match, the ATP Tennis World Tour Finals at the London’s O2 Arena promised to be a thoroughly exciting day. Checking daily in anticipation to see who would be drawn for Monday 10th November, I finally learned that I would get to see the current number 1 seed, Novak Djokovic. Not that any player in the world top 10 would have been a disappointment!
Our seats were fantastic as we settled in for the afternoon session with the court right in front of us. The atmosphere was electric in the arena, Big Ben was chiming on the big screen, smoke machines were blasting and an intense heart beat as the players emerged onto court had me feeling the pressure and nerves of the match ahead. First up was the Austrian and Brazilian pairing of Peya and Soares against Rojer from the Netherlands and Tecau from Romania. Despite not knowing the players that well, the match was still gripping and led to a nail biting tie breaker in the third set!
Next up was Berdych vs Wawranka who clearly had a huge Swiss following in the crowd judging from the yodelling and outcries for Stan! Whether this gave the number four seed the edge to go on and win or whether he was just simply unstoppable, he smashed Berdych 6-1 6-1 in under an hour.
With a short break in-between the afternoon and evening session, the American Bryan brothers took to the court for their doubles match against Kubot of Poland and Lindstedt of Sweden. This time the doubles match didn’t need a concluding third set and the doubles tournament favourites lost 6-7 3-6. The arena was continuing to fill in preparation for the final match; Djokovic vs Cilic.
After a swift conclusion to the previous singles match during the afternoon session, the crowd hoped for a more even exchange between the Serb and the Croatian. Unfortunately my excitement to see the number one seed also meant that it would be a very one sided match as he dominated Cilic and matched the score that proceeded them; 6-1 6-1.
Day 4, by Lexi Stocks
The ATP is an event I have been to for the last 4 years and it is such a brilliant atmosphere for all people attending as everyone just gets involved and the players interact with the fans.
There was plenty of anticipation and excitement on my day to attend as we saw the top seeded doubles players – seeing the Bryan brothers and also an exciting evening as everybody waited to see a good match by the number 1 Novak Djokovic.
It is great to walk around the arena during the games and if you’re lucky see your favourite players training on the practice courts or even the broadcasters filming on the TV.
It is a great day out for everybody including the family as the tennis association put on loads of fun activities to keep everyone entertained throughout the whole day. I will definitely be visiting again next year.
Day 5, by Dinah Burke
Tennis is a genteel sport played socially between ladies and gentlemen dressed demurely in white in a mildly competitive atmosphere of calm and quietude… isn’t it?! Not when you attend the Barclays ATP World Tour finals at The O2 Arena.
We watched three thrilling hard-edged and ultra-competitive matches between the top men’s singles and doubles players… and also endured Andy Murray succumbing tamely to Roger Federer in an encounter where the world number 2 scarcely broke sweat. The brevity of some of the matches earlier in during the week reinforced us in our belief that booking in for both the afternoon and evening sessions was preferable to attending a single session where you might enjoy less than 2 hours play.
Day 6, by Darren Neylon
We enjoyed a fantastic day at the ATP tennis finals in London’s O2 Arena courtesy of SuperBreak. Sat directly above the Centre Court net, we had an ideal, close-up view of the tennis action. The atmosphere is enhanced by fist-pumping music beats, amazing lighting – where even the white lines of the court pulsated in a variety of illuminations, and huge video screens which showed the main action, including replays of line calls and on-court player interviews. The early birds in the crowd were also treated to pre-match training sessions involving the main players.
The tennis matches themselves were highly entertaining. World No.1, Novak Djokovic, easily disposed of Tomas Berdych while Australian Open winner, Stan Wawrinka, booked a place in the semi-finals by winning a close encounter with Marin Cilic. With doubles matches thrown in as a curtain raiser to the main singles matches, we were able to enjoy a magnificent day of world class tennis.
Day 7, by Diane Fenwick
I was lucky enough to get to see both of the semi final matches, and in my opinion, the best match of the tournament, Roger Federer against Stan Wawrinka. The determination of Stan showed immediately with an early break and taking the first set quite convincingly, however the coolness and experience that Roger has showed through in the second set, although he did have to save 3 match points to win this set 7-5, the crowd erupted and it did seem a bit one sided that the whole venue (maybe except me) wanted Roger to win. The tie breaker was very tense with Roger taking an early lead, but Stan never gave up and gained another match point, but unfortunately was unable to seal a win, Roger stayed calm and with his first match point opportunity, claimed victory. The atmosphere for the full match was fantastic and The O2 is a great venue to host this tournament.
The doubles match prior to Federer vs Wawrinka, gave the Bryan brothers the opportunity to show why they are the world number one’s, as much as it was a very one sided match, the class that they played at was great to watch, they work so well together and their year’s of playing doubles together certainly shows through in the way that they play as a team.
The first semi-final in the afternoon was good to watch, Djocovic dominated the first set and won easily. Nishikori made a good come back to take the second set, but it was never in doubt that Djocovic was going to win no matter what fantastic shot Nishikori played, and there were many. Djocovic was able to get to them, taking the 3rd quite easily, however Nishikori is one to watch for the future.
Day 8, by Sebastian Schiewe
SHOCK… and grANDY FINALE!
There are not many sporting events that top the ATP World Tour Final, where the masters of their sport battle it out to determine the Tennis World Champion. Having previously been to this event and enjoying the stunning view and cosy atmosphere of our SuperBreak seats, I was overwhelmed when told I would get to see the final.
The arena filled and while the spectators enjoyed a top class double’s final with the legendary Bryan twins – who succeeded once again – it is fair to say that everyone was eagerly waiting to see Novak Djokovic (world number 1) and Roger Federer (2) playing for the single’s championship.
With thirty minutes to go before the game, Federer stepped onto the court announcing he was not fit to play the match. What followed was partially due to this man’s tremendous popularity and partially due to the fact that he told the anticipating crowd in person: they cheered and applauded him!
The organisers quickly turned what could have been a very disappointing evening into a memorable event. Tennis lovers and all other spectators were delighted when Andy Murray was introduced as a last minute replacement. What followed was an exhibition match between him and Djokovic that had the fans out of their seats and appeased all those that were initially inconsolable.
And if this was not enough, Murray stayed on to play Tim Henman and former Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash. Did he play alone against these two former greats? Far from it! None other then John McEnroe teamed up with Andy Murray to play an entertaining double’s match.
The results of those matches didn’t matter. Not for the players, but more importantly not for the fans that stayed on. Our guests were at no time expressing anger or frustration, but enjoyed the improvised event after an initial disbelief. It was nice to share the evening with our customers, who made the most of the time and surely weren’t expecting to see so many legends from a fabulous spot in the arena. True tennis lovers!
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