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By Richard Pagliaro | Thursday, November 10, 2022

 
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World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has a more manageable path through ATP Finals round-robin play than rival Novak Djokovic based on the draw out today.

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Goal-driven GOATs reside in opposite groups at the ATP Finals.

Chasing his maiden ATP Finals crown and a shot at the world No. 1 ranking Rafael Nadal headlines the Green Group.

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Pursuing his sixth year-end championship—and first since 2015—Novak Djokovic leads the Red Group.

The draw was conducted today in Turin for the ATP Finals, set for November 13-20th, and reigning Australian Open and Roland Garros champion Nadal should be pleased with the opportunity it presents.

World No. 2 Nadal has a more manageable path through ATP Finals round-robin play than rival Djokovic based on the draw.

All three former tournament champions—Djokovic, Medvedev (2020) and Tsitsipas (2019)—reside in the Red Group along with Andrey Rublev. Medvedev has reached the final in each of the last two years; Djokovic's last final appearance was in 2018 when he lost to Alexander Zverev.




World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz withdrew from Turin after tearing a left abdominal muscle in his Rolex Paris Masters quarterfinal that ended his season.

No. 8-seeded American Taylor Fritz, who beat Nadal in the Indian Wells final las March, gained entry into the draw after Alcaraz's withdrawal. 

ATP Finals Singles

Green Group

(1) Rafael Nadal

(3) Casper Ruud

(5) Felix Auger-Aliassime

(8) Taylor Fritz (8)

Red Group

(2) Stefanos Tsitsipas

(4) Daniil Medvedev

(6) Andrey Rublev

(7) Novak Djokovic

Players are already tuning up in Turin. Nadal practiced with Tsitsipas today, a day after he hit with Fritz.



Seven-time Wimbledon winner Djokovic practiced with Rublev.



World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz withdrew from Turin after tearing a left abdominal muscle in his Rolex Paris Masters quarterfinal that ended his season.

Defending champion Alexander Zverev is also out. Continuing his recover from ankle surgery, Zverev is training again and on course to play a couple of exhibitions in the coming weeks, his older brother, Mischa Zverev, told Eurosport Germany.


 

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