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Rafael Nadal handed nightmare draw for ATP Finals as Novak Djokovic gets kinder group

Rafael Nadal has been given a nightmare draw for the ATP Finals, although Novak Djokovic will likely be happy.

Nadal has never won the season-ending tournament, and he failed to even advance past the round robin stage last year.

The Spaniard has been drawn in Group London 2020 with US Open champion Dominic Thiem, defending ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Andrey Rublev, who has won more titles than anyone this season.

With the top eight players, minus Roger Federer, all involved there are no ‘easy’ matches, although Djokovic will be pleased with his draw.

Djokovic will face Daniil Medvedev, 2018 champion Alexander Zverev, and debutant Diego Schwartzman, who is the lowest ranked player in the competition.

Group Tokyo 1970

Novak Djokovic (1)
Daniil Medvedev (4)
Alexander Zverev (5)
Diego Schwartzman (8)

Group London 2020

Rafael Nadal (2)
Dominic Thiem (3)
Stefanos Tsitsipas (6)
Andrey Rublev (7)

Should there be any injuries or withdrawals, their places will be taken by Matteo Berrettini and Denis Shapovalov, who are the first and second alternates respectively.

Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.