Djokovic and Medvedev learn group stage fate for ATP Finals
Novak Djokovic and the rest of the ATP season top eight have discovered their opponents with the ATP Finals group draw being announced.
The ATP Finals sees the best eight players of the season compete against each other in a round-robin style group stage before progressing to the semi-final and then the final. The total prize pool to be divided amongst the competitors this year is $7,250,000.
The season-concluding tournament had been held at the O2 Arena in London for the past 12 years but has been moved to Italy’s largest sporting arena, the Pala Alpitour in Torino, until 2025.
Djokovic, the Serbian World number one, enjoyed a prestigious season even by his high standards, winning three of the four Grand Slams (the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon), claiming a record-breaking 37th Masters title, as well as finishing as the Year-End number one for a record seventh time.
Similarly, World number three and eventual Olympic gold medallist Alexander Zverev beat Djokovic in the semi-finals of the rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Olympics to end his hopes of a being the first male player ever to complete a Golden Slam. Zverev went on to claim the gold medal at the Olympics, beating Karen Khachanov 6-3 6-1 in the final.
Neither Medvedev nor Zverev have been drawn in the same group as Djokovic, but will instead face each other in the Red group
The eight finalists have been divided into two groups, Red and Green, ahead of the season-ending event in Turin, Italy.
World Number one, five time ATP Finals winner and 20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, World number four and 2019 ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas, World number five Andrei Rublev and Danish prospect Casper Ruud all form the Green group.
Whilst the Red group consists of World number two and US Open Champion Daniil Medvedev, World number three and 2020 Tokyo Olympic Gold medallist Alexander Zverev, Matteo Berrettini, who is enjoying a career-best season and joint-second highest ranked Polish player ever Hubert Hurkacz all form the Red group.
🔴 RED GROUP 🔴
🇷🇺 Daniil Medvedev
🇩🇪 Alexander Zverev
🇮🇹 Matteo Berrettini
🇵🇱 Hubert Hurkacz pic.twitter.com/CrcQi9i7dM
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) November 11, 2021
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