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The 2011 ATP final is a wide open affair with no favourite betting choice.

Andy Murray

Full singles draw:

Group A: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych

Group B: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Mardy Fish

Andy Murray will meet world number one Novak Djokovic in the group stages of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Murray was also placed in the same group as David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych – the man who knocked him out of last week’s Paris Masters – when the draw was made on Tuesday. A fully-fit Djokovic would represent a stern test for Murray. The Serb won three of this season’s four Grand Slam tournaments, including Wimbledon. He captured the Australian Open title by beating Murray in January’s final. Djokovic has lost only four matches all year but has been struggling with back and shoulder injuries since his victory at the US Open in September. The problems forced him to withrdraw from last week’s Paris event prior to his scheduled quarter-final. However, Djokovic remains hopeful of being fully fit to compete in London. Murray trails Djokovic 6-4 on their head-to-head record, but is one of those four men to have beaten him in 2011, albeit when the Serb was forced to quit their Cincinnati Masters final. The British star is 3-1 down against Berdych following his narrow three-set defeat last week, but leads Ferrer 5-3, winning all three of their meetings this season. He also beat the Spaniard at the Tour Finals 12 months ago.

In the other group, French Open champion Rafael Nadal will resume his great rivalry with Roger Federer, who will arrive at the O2 Arena following back-to-back tournament victories in Basel and Paris. The Swiss is the defending champion at the tournament – having beaten Nadal in the final – and will be aiming to win the season-ending finale for a record sixth time. Group B, arguably the tougher of the two, also features Paris runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who beat Federer at Wimbledon back in the summer, and American Mardy Fish, another player who has been struggling with injury (hamstring) of late.

The tournament gets under way on Sunday with Federer and Tsonga kicking things off in the afternoon. Nadal will meet Fish in the evening singles match. Murray’s campaign will begin against Ferrer on Monday afternoon with Djokovic playing Berdych in the evening. Murray will also play on Wednesday and Friday.

The final takes place on November 27.

 

 

 

 

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