Thursday in Turin, the groups for the first ATP Finals to be held in Italy were released. Tournament favorite Novak Djokovic and defending champion Daniil Medvedev were split, and then by draw in 2s, players were placed.
Djokovic’s Green Group includes 2019 champion Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev and Casper Ruud. Tsitsipas is dealing with an arm injury while Rublev has struggled the last two months.
Medvedev is joined by Alexander Zverev, Matteo Berrettini and Hubert Hurkacz in the Red Group.
Djokovic, who is already wrapped up a record seventh year-end No. 1, will seek a 6th ATP Finals title which would tie him with Roger Federer for most all time.
It’s the Serb’s second event since the US Open.
“I do feel fresher, because I haven’t played as much as in previous years, in terms of tournaments,” said Djokovic today. “I did have a lot of exhausting events, particularly in the Grand Slams, not just physically, but also mentally and emotionally.
“It did take a lot out of me. I felt like I needed a break in order to rejuvenate and get ready for the end of the season.”
The Red Group opens play on Sunday with Medvedev-Hurkacz and then Zverev-Berrettini.
Djokovic begins play on Monday against Ruud. In the evening, Tsitsipas takes on Rublev.
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