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ATP Finals draw sees Federer set for Wimbledon revenge against Anderson, Djokovic to clash with Zverev and Cilic

Hannah Wilks in ATP Tour 5 Nov 2018
  • The draw for the 2018 Nitto ATP Finals has been released
  • Roger Federer poised to take Wimbledon revenge on Kevin Anderson
  • Novak Djokovic will face Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and John Isner
Roger Federer is set for a Wimbledon rematch with Kevin Anderson at the Nitto ATP Finals, live from London's O2 Arena from 11-18 November (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

The draw for the Nitto ATP Finals sees Novak Djokovic in a tough group while Roger Federer is set for a Wimbledon rematch with Kevin Anderson.

The official draw for the season-ending championships, the Nitto ATP Finals, has been released ahead of the start of the tournament on Sunday 11 November,

The draw was conducted live on BBC One programme The One Show on Monday evening. In keeping with the tradition of naming the groups after former champions, this year's two groups for the round-robin stage have been named after 2000 champion Gustavo Kuerten and 2001-2 champion Lleyton Hewitt.

Top seed Novak Djokovic, who has claimed the ATP Finals title on five previous occasions, leads Group Guga Kuerten and is joined by Australian Open runner-up Marin Cilic, Madrid Masters champion Alexander Zverev and Miami Masters winner John Isner, who replaced Rafael Nadal as the eighth player when the world no. 2 withdrew hours before the draw took place.

Six-time champion Roger Federer leads Group Lleyton Hewitt, joined by Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson, French Open runner-up Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori, who is playing the ATP Finals for the fourth time.

The alternates are Halle champion Borna Coric and Karen Khachanov, who just beat Djokovic in the final of the Rolex Paris Masters.

Here are all eight members of the field:

Nitto ATP Finals 2018: The field in numbers

PlayerCountryAge Points2018 titles2018 win-lossPrevious ATP Finals appearancesBest ATP Finals result
Novak DjokovicSerbia318,045Wimbledon, US Open, Cincinnati Masters, Shanghai Masters49-1110 (2007-16)Champion (2008, 2012-15)
Roger FedererSwitzerland376,020Australian Open, Rotterdam, Basel, Stuttgart46-815 (2002-15, 2017)Champion (2003-4, 2006-7, 2010-11)
Alexander ZverevGermany215,085Madrid Masters, Washington D.C., Munich54-181 (2017)RR (2017)
Kevin AndersonSouth Africa324,310Vienna, New York45-170-
Marin CilicCroatia304,050Queen's Club41-183 (2014, 2016-17)RR (2014, 2016-17)
Dominic ThiemAustria253,595Buenos Aires, Lyon, St Petersburg53-182 (2016-17)RR (2016-17)
Kei NishikoriJapan283,390-42-193 (2014-15, 2016)SF (2014, 2016)
John IsnerUSA333,155Miami Masters, Atlanta34-190-

Djokovic, who reclaimed the world no. 1 ranking just last week, is guaranteed to finish the season in the top spot - the first ever player to do so after being ranked outside the world's top 20 earlier in the year. The five-time ATP Finals champion may have had his winning streak snapped by Khachanov in the final of the Paris Masters final, but he has still only lost three matches since the French Open, a timespan which has seen him claim his thirteenth and fourteenth Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open and complete the career Masters Slam with triumph in Cincinnati (winning Shanghai to boot). 

One of the three men to have beaten Djokovic since his turnaround in form has been drawn into Group Guga Kuerten with him - Marin Cilic, who defeated Djokovic in the final of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's Club in June. Cilic has a poor record at the Nitto ATP Finals, where he has never progressed past the round-robin stage in three previous appearances, and lost to Djokovic in three sets in the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters last week. 

Djokovic and Cilic are joined by world no. 5 Alexander Zverev, the youngest man in the field at 21, who is making his second consecutive appearance at the Nitto ATP Finals; and by John Isner, the Miami Masters champion known for his big serve and propensity for marathon Wimbledon encounters, who narrowly missed out on making his first major final at the All England Club this summer when he lost 26-24 to Kevin Anderson in the fifth set. 

Here is how Group Guga Kuerten matches up against each other. 

Nitto ATP Finals 2018: Group Guga Kuerten

Playervs Djokovicvs Zverevvs Cilicvs IsnerCombined
Novak Djokovic-1-116-28-225-5
Alexander Zverev1-1-5-14-110-3
Marin Cilic2-161-5-7-310-24
John Isner2-81-43-7-6-19

Roger Federer has won the Nitto ATP Finals six times - but not since 2011, despite featuring in the final in three subsequent years. The Swiss, who picked up his fourth title of the season at the 500-level Swiss Indoors Basel two weeks ago and lost in a third-set tie-break to Djokovic in the semifinals of the Rolex Paris Masters, will have an opportunity to avenge his Wimbledon defeat at the hands of Kevin Anderson this week - a painful loss which came after Federer won the first two sets. 

Federer and Anderson, who is making his ATP Finals debut along with Isner, are joined by French Open runner-up Dominic Thiem, who is better known as a clay-court player and has borne out that reputation on two previous appearances at the season-ending championships, and Kei Nishikori, who replaced the injured Juan Martin del Potro.

Here is how the head-to-heads stand in Group Lleyton Hewitt.

Nitto ATP Finals 2018: Group Lleyton Hewitt

Playervs Federervs Andersonvs Thiemvs NishikoriCombined
Roger Federer-4-11-27-212-5
Kevin Anderson1-4-6-23-510-11
Dominic Thiem2-12-6-1-35-10
Kei Nishikori2-75-33-1-10-11

The first round-robin matches at the Nitto ATP Finals will take place on Sunday 11 November.

*Geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify

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ATP Finals draw sees Federer set for Wimbledon revenge against Anderson, Djokovic to clash with Zverev and Cilic

The draw for the 2018 Nitto ATP Finals sees world no. 1 Novak Djokovic set for round-robin clashes with Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and late replacement John Isner while Roger Federer will take on Kevin Anderson, Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori

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