The groups of the ATP Finals 2020 have finally been drawn: Alexander Zverev, Diego Schwartzman and Daniil Medvedev are with Novak Djokovic, while Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev with Rafa Nadal. This is the first verdict from the draw of the Nitto ATP Finals 2020 in London manned by Gerry Armstrong and Stan Smith live on the BBC telephone.
The world number one, fresh from the brutal defeat in Vienna against Lorenzo Sonego, will face the two finalists of the ATP Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy and Diego Schwartzman. The Peque will probably have to play the uncomfortable role of needle-of-the-balance in a potentially prohibitive Group Tokyo 1970.
If nothing else with the bowls stopped. Even for the twenty-time Grand Slam champion the "Group London 2020" could hide some pitfalls. Tsitsipas, who will obviously have the task of defending the throne, won the most recent of the precedents right under the roof of the O2 Arena in London.
Almost identical speech for Thiem - who after his success at Flushing Meadows instead stopped in front of Schwartzman on the land of Bois de Boulogne - who won against the Majorcan in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open at the beginning of the year.
The previous one with Rublev dated New York 2017 should be taken with a grain of salt: the Russian could prove to be the most dangerous of the group as he has won twenty of the last twenty-two games he has played. A booty obviously embellished by the three titles collected between Hamburg, St.
Petersburg and Vienna. Fundamental premise: Nadal has not won an indoor hardcourt tournament since 2005 and has not reached the final in the year-end Master since 2013. Not a small detail that could have a massive impact.
The ATP Finals will move to Turin in 2021
The fifty edition of the tournament-of-the-masters, which will obviously coincide with the last stage of a surreal season, will obviously be played behind closed doors.
And it will be played in London for the last time. The Finals, from 2021, will move to Turin and will remain there until 2025. The big absentee of this edition is Roger Federer, who has skipped the most of the season due to double surgery on his right knee.
The Swiss Maestro will come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, in Melboure. This year, due to the Global Pandemic, only three Majors were played: the Australian Open, won by Novak Djokovic, the US Open, won by Dominic Thiem and the Roland Garros, won by Rafael Nadal.
Group Tokyo 1970
Group London 2020
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