11 - 18 November 2018

Nitto ATP Finals

The O2, London

Nitto ATP Finals Preview: Murray and Soares target year-end triumph in London

  • 11/11/2018

  • Major Events

The Nitto ATP Finals has hit London's O2 Arena once more, with the world's top eight singles and doubles players ready to battle for the year-end crown. 

Jamie Murray will fly the flag for Great Britain as he returns for a third consecutive year with Bruno Soares. The pair are set to open the 2018 finale which will take place 11-18 November. 

Murray and Soares will take on Michael Venus and Raven Klaasen in their first round-robin match at 12:00 on Sunday. The quartet were drawn in Group Llodra/Santoro along with Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, and Nikola Mektic and Alexander Peya, with the group's remaining round-robin matches scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday. 

Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic, Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo, Mike Bryan and Jack Sock, and Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert complete Group Knowles/Nestor, whose round-robin matches will take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The top two teams of each group will advance to Saturday's semi-finals before the champions are decided following Sunday's highly-anticipated final. 

Murray and Soares are no strangers to success at the event having made the semi-finals in both 2016 and 2017, but triumph in London would mark their first ATP Finals trophy. 

Since teaming up in 2016, the Brit and Brazilian have gone on to win nine career titles, including two Grand Slam trophies in Melbourne Park and Flushing Meadows. In the current season alone, they have lifted three trophies including their maiden ATP Masters title. 

Jamie and Bruno's year in titles and finals

January - reached the final of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, Doha
March - won the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco
June - reached the final of the Fever-Tree Championships, London
August - won the Citi Open, Washington
August - won the Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati
October - reached the final of the Rolex Shanghai Masters, Shanghai

What happened last year? 

Murray and Soares booked their place in the last-four with a stand-out victory over world No.1 pair Marcelo Melo and Lukasz Kubot in their final round-robin match. Their run ended after falling 7-6(2), 6-2 to defending champions Henri Kontinen and John Peers. 

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