The ATP Finals groupings are out and defending champion Roger Federer might not be No. 1 anymore but he got the great draw in Group B. The six-time champion Federer ended up paired with David Ferrer, Juan Martin Del Potro and Janko Tipsarevic.
That leaves in Group A with a very strong foursome with Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych and JW Tsonga.
As for some initial picks, Group A is clearly stronger. Any of the four could get hot and make a real run and even win the darn thing. I think Murray will scratch and clay his way out and then a lot depends on Djokovic’s state of mind with his father’s illness. If Novak’s focused I think he gets through, but I doubt anyone goes undefeated in that group. Djokovic is the only player other than Federer to have won this title.
In Group A, it’s hard not to see Federer emerging. The Swiss has won 10 straight matches at the event and while I think Del Potro could him next week, I don’t see him dropping two. With Tipsarevic the weakest guy that leaves Ferrer and Del Potro. If Del Potro is on song I tip the scale his way. The Argentine has played well in the event before reaching the finals in 2010 when he beat Federer in the round robin before losing to Nikolay Davydenko in the final.
Matches begin on Monday.
Juan Martin Del Potro
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