|Posted on November 16, 2010 at 2:35 PM|
The elite eight-man field at the O2 Arena is divided into two round-robin sections, with the four men in each group playing each other to decide who will go through to the knockout semi-finals.
Singles Groups Determined
by ATP Staff | 16.11.2010.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will head up Group A at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The Spaniard is joined by Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych and Andy Roddick. In Group B, four-time former champion Roger Federer will be challenged by Robin Soderling, Andy Murray and David Ferrer.
The draw for the prestigious season finale was made on Tuesday morning at La Galleria Pall Mall in London, where the unique “Art of Tennis” collection is being exhibited.
Fans at The O2 will be treated to re-matches of the Wimbledon and US Open finals when Nadal faces debutant Berdych and former champion Djokovic respectively in the round robin stages. The Mallorcan, who has won three Grand Slam titles this season, is bidding to record his first victory at The O2, after suffering three defeats in the group matches last year.
Three-time Wimbledon runner-up Roddick, who has qualified for the season finale for the eighth straight year, will be Nadal’s first opponent on Monday evening, with Djokovic set to play Berdych in the first Group A match on Monday afternoon.
In Group B, Federer and home favourite Murray will meet for the third successive year at the season finale in what will also be a repeat of this year’s Australian Open final. Murray prevailed when the pair contested a titanic battle in Shanghai two years ago, before Federer gained revenge with a three-set victory over the Scot in London last year.
Last week’s BNP Paribas Masters champion Soderling will pose a strong threat in Group B, and opens his campaign against Murray, while Spain's Ferrer will face 16-time Grand Slam champion Federer on Sunday evening in a repeat of the 2007 final.
The group draws have given out some tantalizing fixtures to look forward.
Group A includes Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych and Andy Roddick and Group B throws in Roger Federer, Robin Soderling, Andy Murray and David Ferrer.
The tournament starts off with Sweden's Robin Soderling taking on local hero Andy Murray, before David Ferrer battles against World number 2 Roger Federer.
On Monday's afternoon match, Novak Djokovic will take on Tomas Berdych, before World number 1 Rafael Nadal faces Andy Roddick.