Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will compete in separate groups at the Nitto ATP Finals following the draw in Turin on Thursday. Nadal is the top seed at the season-ending event for the fifth time in his career. The Spaniard, champion of the Australian Open and Roland Garros this season, will try to lift the trophy for the first time.
The southpaw heads the Green Group alongside Casper Ruud, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Taylor Fritz. The seventh seed Novak Djokovic will be looking to make history at the Pala Alpitour. The five-time champion can equal Roger Federer’s record six Nitto ATP Finals crowns.
The Balkan shares the Red Group with Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev. INDIVIDUAL Green Group
Rafael Nadal (1)
Casper Ruud (3)
Felix Auger-Aliassime (5)
Taylor Fritz (8) Red Group
Stefanos Tsitsipas (2)
Daniel Medvedev (4)
Andrew Rublev (6)
Novak Djokovic (7) DOUBLES Green Group
Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski (1)
Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic (4)
Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek (5)
Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios (8) Red Group
Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury (2)
Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer (3)
Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara (6)
Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos (7) The painting was made in the central offices of the Intesa Sanpaolo Headquarters in Turin.
The Nitto ATP Finals are the culmination of the ATP Tour season. The tournament, in which only the eight highest ranked players and pairs compete, has been held in major cities around the world, with a rich history since the birth of The Masters in Tokyo (1970).
Between 2021 and 2025, the event will take place at the Pala Alpitour in Turin, the largest indoor sports hall in Italy.
Flink comments on Rafa Nadal
Speaking on the Court-Side with Beilinson Tennis podcast, journalist Steve Flink stated that the rest of the court could prove dangerous for Rafael Nadal.
«Rafa talked about the need to play more matches, he talked about getting to Italy early to play practice sets, but practice sets are nothing like playing real matches. It just helps you, but it’s not the same,» he said. Flink.
«So it was unfortunate that I didn’t have more games in Paris before Turin to give myself a better chance because the pitch is so deep. It’s going to be a very close event and both groups of four players each are going to be very strong.
So it’s going to cost Rafa because he’s always been the least comfortable inside the house. Might as well prove me wrong. He is one of those guys that no matter how many negative comments he makes, ‘doubt’ is one of his favorite words, it overcomes his doubts.
I still think we’ll see him come in with the usual fighting spirit. So it will still be hard to beat, but I don’t like the conditions. It tends to be fast in Turin,» he added.