Novak Djokovic’s thrilling five set victory over Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final last Sunday has sent British tennis fans into a frenzy, as interest for tickets for the ATP World Tour Finals in London have soared, acceding to the Mirror.
Surge in interest
Ticket marketplace Viagogo announced there has been a 293% increase in searches for tickets for the final ATP singles tournament of the year, which is played in November between the year ending top eight players in the world.
“Following the exciting climax to the Wimbledon Championships, the appetite for men's tennis is more intense than ever,” a spokesperson for Viagogo said.
"Fans are clamouring to see both established stars such as the likes of Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and Murray, and the new crop of younger players including Grigor Dimitrov, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori.''
Djokovic box office
Djokovic booked his place in the tournament when he defeated his Swiss opponent 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 in a match that lasted just under four hours to win the title at SW19 for the second time.
It was the seventh Grand Slam victory of the 27-year-old’s career, and he prevented Federer from winning a record eighth Wimbledon title.
The Serbian also returned to the number one position in the world rankings, surpassing Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who has also qualified for this year’s Tour Finals, after winning the French Open for the ninth time in June, which would mean that he could qualify so long as he finishes the year in the top 20.
It is likely that they will be joined by world number four Stanislas Wawrinka, as winning the Australian Open in January has virtually guaranteed his spot.
Murray might not make it
There is a chance, however, that British fans will not see their home favourite Andy Murray at the event, as the 2013 Wimbledon champion has fallen to 10th in the world after failing to defend his title at the All England Club, as he lost in the quarter-finals to Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria and dropped five places in the rankings.
The Dunblane-born player will have a chance to make up some ranking points at the back end of the season, as he missed the indoor season in 2013 due to back surgery, giving him an opportunity to improve his ranking points total.
The tournament is played at the 02 Arena, which has a maximum capacity of 20,000, and it has been held at the indoor venue since 2009, after previously being held in Shanghai.
Djokovic will be aiming to win the tournament for the fourth time, and he will go into this year’s event as the reigning champion of the last two years, while he has a chance of ending the year as the world number one for the third time in four years.
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