ATP Finals Groups: Federer With Djokovic; Nadal To Play
by Staff | November 5th, 2019, 11:11 am

The ATP Finals groups were drawn today in London. With Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic split up, that left 6-time champion Roger Federer as the floater, and he ended up with the Serb in the Bjorn Borg Group.

Join Djokovic and Federer are Dominic Thiem and first-time and US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini. The two former champions and heavy favorites to get to the last four, will have to play in the round robin, but wouldn’t meet again until the finals.

The Andre Agassi Group will be led by Nadal who is still iffy with an ab injury. The Spaniard who has never won the year-end event is grouped with defending champion Alexander Zverev and newcomers Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Among the major storylines this year is the race for No. 1 between Nadal and Djokovic. Nadal leads by just 640 points, an amount Djokovic can make up by reaching the final.

Singles – Group Andre Agassi
[1] Rafael Nadal (ESP)
[4] Daniil Medvedev (RUS)
[6] Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)
[7] Alexander Zverev (GER)

Singles – Group Bjorn Borg
[2] Novak Djokovic (SRB)
[3] Roger Federer (SUI)
[5] Dominic Thiem (AUT)
[8] Matteo Berrettini (ITA)

The schedule for the first two days is already set. The 5-time champ Djokovic will open play against Berrettini on Sunday followed Federer and Thiem.

On Monday, Nadal gets Zverev in his first match and debutantes Medvedev and Tsitsipas collide.

Roberto Bautista Agut and Gael Monfils are the alternates.

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[4] R. Ram (USA) / J. Salisbury (GBR) vs [5] R. Klaasen (RSA) / M. Venus (NZL)

Not Before 2:00 pm
[2] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [8] M. Berrettini (ITA)

Not Before 6:00 pm
[2] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs [8] I. Dodig (CRO) / F. Polasek (SVK)

Not Before 8:00 pm
[3] R. Federer (SUI) vs [5] D. Thiem (AUT)

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[3] K. Krawietz (GER) / A. Mies (GER) vs [6] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU)

Not Before 2:00 pm
[4] D. Medvedev (RUS) vs [6] S. Tsitsipas (GRE)

Not Before 6:00 pm
[1] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs [7] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA)

Not Before 8:00 pm
[1] R. Nadal (ESP) vs [7] A. Zverev (GER)

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17 Comments for ATP Finals Groups: Federer With Djokovic; Nadal To Play

Daniel Says:

Nadal will open with a dangerous Zverev. He was lucky to not get Federer on his group but Berrettini would be better for him 1st match.

Djoko x Berrettin and Fed x Thiem Sunday.

This add some intrigue for Year End#1, meaning that unless something really surprsing happens, Nadal will either play Djoko or Fed in semis, both will be favorite against him in indoor Hard.

For Djoko this is good news as Nadal not reaching finals he can play title match for #1. The ideal for him is winning his group and Nadal second so he plays him in semis and virtually the #1 ranking will be only on his racquet, not having to depend on Nadal losing to Federer or Thiem in the other semis.

Django Says:

Nadal has recovered?

Daniel Says:

@Django He is still set to play, if he’ll skip it, we may now better until Saturday or Sunday I believe, as he is only set to play Monday.

Ahsan Says:

If Nadal loses his first match, he may not risk his injury and withdraw from the tournament. In that case Nole just needs to make it to the final. First match is very significant for nadal

Van Persie Says:

Nole and Roger in the same group, with Dom and Mateo.
Surprised Rafa received Sascha, Daniil and Tsitsi.
Nole might meet Rafa in semis already.

Dave Says:

One thing that I think is unfair, and they did it last year too, and maybe they do it every year for the WTF’s is that the number 1 ranked player and group has to play on day 2. This gives the advantage to the other group. Djokovic was number 1 seed last year and had to play Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Nadal will need to do the same this year. The number 1 seed should earn this advantage. Nadal’s group is tough and it would not be surprising if the 2 matches on Friday go the distance and tire out the group winners, if not Saturday than Sunday.

Dave Says:

I wouldn’t write off Thiem against Federer. He is a different player this year with Massu as his coach. He won both matches against Federer this year. It will be interesting to see the Federer vs Djokovic match as this was the exact same situation where Federer beat Djokovic, which was the last time he beat him 4 years ago.

the_mind_reels Says:

@Ahsan: agreed. for Nadal, everything will come down to his first match. If he loses, he’ll likely bail from the tournament as he did in 2017 after his loss to Goffin. As much as he’d like to win this tournament, it’s never a place he’s had success.

Federer beat Thiem handily at the O2 last year, but I agree he’ll have to be sharp this year. 2 losses to Thiem this year, both after winning the first set, but I think he’ll be able to put those out of his mind and just play his indoor game. Both guys are coming off wins at their home tournaments, but Thiem looked gassed against Dimitrov. Maybe he should have skipped Paris?

Alison Hodge Says:

Off topic, sorry didnt know where to post this, but just wanted to offer prayers to Serena and Venus father Richard, who is in critical condition after suffering to strokes ….

Tennis Fan Says:

Djokovic is the overwhelming favorite. We will see if Medvedev can stop him.

chrisford1 Says:

Allison – No, that is important, but sad news for tennis. Prayers to Richard Williams. Glad you posted it. I didn’t know.
Dave, I agree with you very much that the person that comes in as #1 should get the better scheduling as a perk of being #1.
Looking forward to Novak and Fed’s 1st meeting since Wimbledon.

Alison Hodge Says:

^ Alison has only one ” L” , im like Wogboy in that i like names to be spelt correctly especially when its my own thankyou ^….

j-kath Says:

Any news connected with tennis is pertinent to a main thread and without a doubt Richard’s death will be a huge loss to Serena, Venus and the rest of his family and friends.

the_mind_reels Says:

@Alison: can you share a link re: Richard Williams? I couldn’t find anything relevant about it that happened recently.

Dave Says:


I think they should do the same thing at majors too. The French Open final this year would have been closer had Djokovic’s half not had to play 4 days in a row. Had they had the earlier match on Tuesday. It would have been Nadal’s side playing 4 days in a row. Wimbledon is fair because everyone gets matched up the same in the second week. It’s the only major that does this. The other 3 let one half play the QF’s on Tuesday and they get the extra day off before the SF’s. You know the number 1 seed would prefer that extra day off during the second week.

ronn Says:

ChrisFord, Djoko’s always had very bad luck at the French so it’s nothing new. Having to play Murray over 2 days and then play Stan with no rest ruined it for 2015. He would have beaten Stan if he were rested. That’s why he won the 1st set and then clearly ran out of gas. People talk about Stan being Djoko’s Kryptonite but the truth is he won the French against Djoko because Djoko was exhausted while Stan had 2 day’s rest and won the USO in 2016 because Djoko was playing injured. Stan was the lucky one both times and, he’s lucky he’s got any MAJORS titles at all because the same thing happened when he beat Rafa at the AO as Rafa could barely lift his arm to serve in that match.

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