Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Andy Murray faces Novak Djokovic in ATP World Tour finals

Posted by Admin On 10:46 AM

Andy Murray has been drawn against world number one Novak Djokovic in the group stage of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The 24-year-old world number three will also take on Spaniard David Ferrer - who he beat in the Australian Open semi-finals earlier this year and Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in Group A.
The latter provide a chance for revenge for Murray, after Berdych ended the Briton's 18-match delightful run at the Paris Masters last week. Rafael Nadal is the top seed in Group B alongside Roger Federer - who won a record-equaling fifth circuit finale title in London last year - plus Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France and American Mardy Fish.
Djokovic has had a dramatic season which has seen him claim the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open titles among a total of 10 tour victories, however he is struggling at present with a shoulder problem which forced him to remove from the Paris Masters last week.
Murray has won five tour titles so far this season - in Shanghai, Tokyo, Bangkok, and Cincinnati and at Queen's. Nadal and Federer meet in a repeat of the 2011 French Open final, the Swiss superstar's only grand slam final look of the season. The 30-year-old comes into this contest fresh from victory in Paris though, and can surpass Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras with a sixth finals title with victory in London.
Federer will have the chance to gain revenge on Tsonga after the Frenchman came from two sets down to eradicate him at the quarter-final stage of this year's Wimbledon championships, while Fish equalled his best-ever grand slam presentation by achievement the last eight at Wimbledon 2011, where he lost to eventual runner-up Nadal.
The first singles match will be Federer v Tsonga on Sunday, a repeat of the Paris Masters final. Nadal will take on Fish on Sunday night. Murray begins his group against Ferrer, while Djokovic takes on Berdych later in the day. The rivalry runs until Sunday, November 27.
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