Leg­ends in same group for Fi­nals

Mercury (Hobart) - - TENNIS, SOCCER -

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.

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