The last tournament of the season is gearing up to go. The Estrella Damm Master Final 2018 will bring together the best 16 male and female players in the world in the hunt for the most prized title of the season. A Master Final is a special tournament for many reasons and one of them is its particular format, which distinguishes it from the rest.
From 2017, the Master modified its format from a group phase to a knockout tournament, win or go home. Eight male and eight female pairings will feature in the quarter finals, which are played on Thursday and Friday. The draw will be made on Monday the 10th of December and from those quarter finals, four pairings will emerge for the semifinals which will take place on Saturday. The finals are played on Sunday. The women's event has copied the men's since 2017, going from 12 to 16 pairings.
There are two reserve players for each category, who will be ready to go in case they need to replace anyone through injury. A novelty this season is that if a player is injured, he is replaced directly by the alternate instead of the whole pairing being replaced. Of the two alternates, the one with the higher ranking comes in first.
There is also a different amount of points handed out for this tournament since last year, as well as the prize money. Just qualifying for the event grants 235 points which could increase all the way to 1300 for winning.
You can view the entire rechnical regulations here.