ATP Finals – DRAW: Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic lead groups

The draw for the ATP Finals in Turin has been completed, with eight players fighting for 1,500 ATP points and a significant trophy. Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas are the first seeds, leading the Green and Red groups. World no. 2 Nadal is seeking his first ATP Finals crown, hoping to make a deep run and chase Carlos Alcaraz at year-end no.

1 battle, same as Stefanos Tsitsipas. Rafa faces Casper Ruud, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Taylor Fritz in the Green Group, setting his sights on a seventh ATP Finals semifinal and a better run than in the past few tournaments.

Ruud is the weakest indoor player among these eight, but Nadal will need his best tennis to beat Auger-Aliassime and Fritz. The red group is full of three former champions, led by Novak Djokovic! Novak faces Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev and Andrei Rublev, with exciting matches guaranteed in the battle for the last four.

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Novak is the favorite, but his opponents will try to spoil his game and hunt for valuable points. In last year’s final, Alexander Zverev dethroned Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 15 minutes for his second ATP Finals title in four years.

Zverev defeated Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals to beat the Russian for the first time after five straight defeats in the title fight to lift the trophy. Alexander served at 74% and lost 13 points in ten service games to avoid break points.

Medvedev failed to match that pace, facing four break chances and one in each set to surrender the trophy to his younger rival and suffer his first defeat in an ATP Finals after nine straight wins.

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Rafael Nadal will face Auger-Aliassime, Ruud and Fritz in Turin.

Daniil opened the match by grabbing the ball before Alexander headed home the second game to get his name on the scoreboard.

The German grabbed a break at 15 in the third game after a lucky net winner and held on with an ace for 3-1 in ten minutes. Medvedev struggled to find his shots and faced another break opportunity in the fifth game. He saved it and forced a Zverev error to stay within one break behind.

The German took the eighth game home with a forehand winner and fired three service winners at 5-4 to wrap up the opener in 32 minutes. Medvedev got a break at the start of the second set thanks to a forehand error, and Alexander cemented the break with another strong serve in the next.

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The German hit a short backhand into the net in the fourth game for a 3-1 lead. Daniil made it two on the return in the sixth game with a forehand winner before Alexander planted two winners to bring it home and stay ahead.

Zverev held on at 15 in the eighth game and sealed the deal with an ace at 5-4 for his second ATP Finals title and a perfect end to the season.


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