ATP Finals – DRAW: Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic lead groups

The draw for the ATP Finals in Turin has been completed, with eight players battling it out for 1500 ATP points and a coveted trophy. Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas are the top seeds, with the first groups Green and Red. World no. 2 Nadal is seeking his first ATP Finals crown, hoping to make a deep run and chase down Carlos Alcaraz at the end of the year.

1 battle, same as Stefanos Tsitsipas. Rafa faces Casper Ruud, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Taylor Fritz in the Green Group, setting his sights on a seventh ATP Finals semi-final and a better run than in his previous two tournaments.

Rudd is the weakest indoor player among those eight, but Nadal will need his best tennis to beat Auger-Aliassim and Fritz. The Red Group is filled with three former champions, led by Novak Djokovic! Novak faces Stefano Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev and Andrei Rublev, with exciting matches guaranteed in a battle for the last four.

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Novak is the favourite, but opponents will try to spoil his party and chase precious points. In last year’s final, Alexander Zverev dethroned Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 15 minutes for his second ATP Finals title in four years.

Zverev toppled Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals and beat the Russian for the first time after five straight defeats in the title clash to lift the trophy. Alexander served at 74% and lost 13 points in ten service games to avoid break points.

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Medvedev failed to match that pace, facing four break chances and breaking once in each set to hand the trophy to his younger opponent and suffer his first ATP Finals loss after nine straight wins.

Rafael Nadal will face Auger-Aliassime, Rudd and Fritz in Turin.

Daniil started the encounter with love, before Alexander brought home the second game to get his name on the scoreboard.

The German got a break at 15 in the third game after a lucky rope winner and held at love with an ace for 3-1 in ten minutes. Medvedev struggled to find his hits and faced another break chance in the fifth game. He saved it and forced a Zverev error to stay in a break deficit.

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The German took the eighth game home with a forehand winner and hit three service winners at 5-4 to close out the first game in 32 minutes. Medvedev broke early in the second set thanks to a forehand error and Alexander broke back with another strong serve in the next.

The German landed at the net in the fourth game for a 3-1 advantage. Daniil got the pair back in the sixth game with a forehand winner before Alexander planted two winners to bring it home and stay in front.

Zverev held to 15 in game 8 and sealed the deal with an ace at 5-4 for his second ATP Finals title and a perfect end to the season.


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