ATP World Tour Finals 2014: Federer draws Murray, Djokovic gets Cilic

Roger Federer and Andy Murray have been drawn in the same group for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals

Just three days after the final line-up was decided for the climax of the men’s tennis season, the ATP World Tour Finals, the draw for the “big eight” in a week’s time at London’s O2 Arena was decided.

With the luxury of a week’s breathing space between the final of the Paris Masters and the first Round Robin matches at ‘The Final Showdown’, the make-up of the two groups, the names of the alternates, and the playing schedule, could be agreed with time to spare.

The two Groups are each headed by one of the top two seeds. Top of Group A is world No1 and yesterday’s Paris champion, Novak Djokovic. Top of Group B is world No2 and Shanghai champion, Roger Federer.

Then one from each of the next three pairs of players, according to ranking, is drawn into each of the groups.

Group A

1 Novak Djokovic
3 Stan Wawrinka
6 Tomas Berdych
8 Marin Cilic

Group B
2 Roger Federer
4 Kei Nishikori
5 Andy Murray
7 Milos Raonic

Alternates: 9 David Ferrer; 13 Feliciano Lopez

The format

Each man will play the other three in his Group in a Round Robin format. In the semi-finals, the player who finishes top of Group A will play the man who finishes second in Group B, while the second man in Group A will play the top man in Group B.

The field features three men making their debut at the tournament (plus a fourth if Lopez is called upon to play): US Open champion Cilic; US Open runner-up Nishikori; Paris finalist Raonic. The field also boasts the tournament’s first contestant born in the 1990s: Raonic turns 24 in December.

The early online ATP polls suggested that Djokovic was quickly the hot favourite to win his Group, with 88 percent, and Wawrinka a distant second with just 6 percent. Federer was the early favourite for Group B with 48 percent but with Nishikori a much closer second on 30 percent. Djokovic was also strongly favoured to win the title.

Doubles Group A
1 Bryan & Bryan
3 Peya & Soares
5 Rojer & Tecau
8 Kubot & Lindstedt

Doubles Group B
2 Nestor & Zimonjic
4 Benneteau & Roger-Vasselin
6 Granollers & Lopez
7 Dodig & Melo

Alternates: 9 Butorac & Klaasen

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