Legends in same group for Finals
SPECTATORS will be hoping for a mini-repeat of this year’s epic Wimbledon final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer after the two tennis legends were drawn in the same group for next week’s climax to the season, the ATP Finals.
Djokovic, who could finish the week as world No.1, and Federer fought out a thrilling five-set final at Wimbledon with the Serbian coming from a break down in the final set to win it 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 13-12 (7-3) in what was at four hours and 57 minutes the longest final in the tournament’s history.
Their group clash in London will only be the best of three sets — Austria’s two-time French Open finalist Dominic Thiem and Italian Matteo Berrettini make up the quartet.
World No.1 Rafael Nadal is in a group with this year’s US Open finalist Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece and Germany’s Alexander Zverev.
Nadal declared himself fit for the finals yesterday after he pulled out of last week’s Paris Masters semi-finals.
Nadal had still replaced Djokovic as world No.1 but the Serbian can reclaim it. Djokovic will take top spot if he wins two groupstage matches and reaches the final and if the 33-year-old Spaniard does not play or fails to win a round-robin match.
ABSOLUTE CLASSIC: Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer depart Wimbledon centre court after this year’s thrilling men’s final, which Djokovic eventually won.