The draw for next week’s ATP tour finals in London has been made and sees Andy Murray facing World number 1 Novak Djokovic in Group A.
The Tour finals is the tradition curtain raiser at the end of each year and sees the top eight players from that calendar year battling it out in London’s 02 arena for the prize money of £2 million. The eight players are drawn into two groups of four and each player in the group plays each other in a round robin. The top two from each group advance to the semi-finals.
The draw took place yesterday and has pitted defending champions Roger Federer in Group B alongside Rafa Nadal. Both have been piped to the number one spot in the rankings by Novak Djokovic. The Serb is one of the pre-tournament favourites and he will want to cap a remarkable year off with a big cheque. He is drawn in Group A alongside World number four Andy Murray.
Djokovic has won three out of the four Grand Slams in 2011 but has felt the consequences in recent weeks after having to withdraw from last week’s Paris Masters due to injury. He has been struggling with a niggling shoulder injury. Alongside Murray and Djokovic in Group A are Spaniard David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych from the Czech Republic.
Despite Djokovic being World number one, Roger Federer is the bookies’ favourite after claiming the Paris Masters last week. He is in Group B with Nadal and is joined by USA’s Mardy Fish and Jo Wilfred-Tsonga who Federer beat last week in Paris to claim the title.
The action gets underway this Sunday in London’s 02 arena and runs for a week with a afternoon and evening session each day