ATP Finals Preview

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Get Ready for Great Tennis! The top 8 players are arriving in London for the thrilling year-end Barclay’s ATP World Tour Finals, slated for November 9-16.

See below for a preview of the singles draw.

Group A:

Three of the four Major winners in 2014 are pitted in a loaded Group A, headlined by Defending BNP Paribas Open Champion and Wimbledon victor Novak Djokovic. With a 57-8 match record on the season and 27-match indoor winning streaking heading into the event, the Serb should be favored in the Group stage. However, World No. 4 Stan Wawrinka bounced Djokovic at the Australian Open earlier this year en route to his first Major title and will look to do the same in London.

Tomas Berdych, who faced the same fate as Djokovic against Wawrinka at the Australian Open, will also compete in Group A, with US Open Champion Marin Cilic rounding out the foursome. Berdych recorded a triumph against Cilic earlier this year in Rotterdam, but Cilic has won the last two meetings, including a quarterfinal victory in Flushing Meadows.

Group B:
Since his 2002 debut at the World Tour Finals, four-time BNP Paribas Open Champion Roger Federer has tallied 44 wins against 11 setbacks to combine for six titles at the end-of-year event. The Swiss brings plenty of experience to a Group B featuring an assortment of playing styles that also includes crowd-favorite Andy Murray and first-time qualifiers Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic.

Murray, who has never won the Indian Wells title, captured titles in two of his last three events to secure a berth in the year-end tournament and will face the precise groundstrokes of US Open finalist Kei Nishikori in the opening match on Sunday. Raonic used his booming serve to secure a victory against Federer a few weeks ago in Paris, but the Swiss has defeated the Canadian in their two prior meetings this year.