Novak Djokovic
Can Djokovic claim a fifth title in a row in London? Getty Images

The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals brings the curtain down on another tennis season, with the top eight players battling it out for end-of-season bragging rights at The O2 Arena in London. Taking place from 13-20 November, the tournament is supplemented by the battle for the year-end world number one between new incumbent Andy Murray and four-time defending champion Novak Djokovic

Where to watch live

Every match of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is live on Sky Sports, while commentary is available on BBC Radio Five Live Sports Extra. Singles matches start at 2pm and 8pm on each of the eight days of the competition, except the final, which begins at 6pm on 20 November. BBC Two HD will simultaneously broadcast each afternoon match from the Greenwich venue.

Preview

Novak Djokovic will be chasing Roger Federer's record of six titles at the Barclays ATP World Tour finals when the climax to the men's season gets underway at The O2 Arena in London. The Australian and French Open winner may have been replaced as world number one by Andy Murray, but having prevailed in each of the last four years in the English capital the defending champion is the man to beat.

Should Djokovic finish the week as the unbeaten champion he will replace Murray atop the men's rankings, after the Briton replaced him at the summit of the men's game for the first time at the Paris Masters. The Wimbledon and Olympic singles champion has won his last 19 matches in a row and taken four titles in his last five events. Though his record at the event is lousy, he is very much the form player.

Andy Murray
Andy Murray became the number one ranked men's singles player at the Paris Masters Getty

Murray needs to match Djokovic's performance or beat him in the final to ensure he ends the year as world number one, while the 11-time major winner is attempting to finish the season as the premier player in the men's game for a fifth time. Though Federer and two-time runner-up Rafael Nadal are both missing from the event, there is a stellar supporting cast of returning players and debutants looking to upset the apple cart.

That group is led by the US Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka, who has reached the semis on each of his three previous appearances at the season-ending finals. The Swiss has struggled since his success in Flushing Meadows however, winning just four matches in as many events and therefore heads into this week horribly out of form.

Wawrinka overcame Kei Nishikori on his way to a second Grand Slam title but the Japanese player has fared slightly better since their duel in New York, reaching the final in Basel – yet a return of one title in 2016 defines a season based on consistency rather than huge success. Milos Raonic does at least have a major final appearance to his name in 2016, however a thigh tear threatens his involvement.

Stanislas Wawrinka
Wawrinka came from a set down to defeat Djokovic in New York. Getty

Gael Monfils is one of two newcomers this year, following a season where he broke new ground relentlessly. The Frenchman made a maiden appearance in the last four of a grand slam, at the US Open, while he also reached his first Masters 1000 final for six years in Monte Carlo.

Finally, Marin Cilic and debutant Dominic Thiem complete the eight-man lne-up after they secured qualification at the Paris Masters. The Croatian Cilic was the last man to beat Murray on the ATP tour in the final in Cincinnati, while Thiem reached the semi-final at Roland Garros during his breakthrough campaign.

Gael Monfils
Monfils is new to the ATP Finals format but is a dark horse for the title in London. Getty

Schedule

Sunday 13 November

2pm GMT: Novak Djokovic vs Doinic Thiem

8pm GMT: Milos Raonic vs Gael Monfils

Monday 14 November

2pm GMT: Stanislas Wawrinka vs Kei Nishikori

8pm GMT: Andy Murray vs Marin Cilic

Tournament odds (Betfair):

Andy Murray 11/8 [fav], Novak Djokovic 6/4, Stanislas Wawrinka 10/1, Kei Nishikori 18/1, Gael Monfils 18/1, Marin Cilic 20/1, Milos Raonic 22/1, Dominic Thiem 28/1