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The Final Countdown – Tournament preview of the 2014 ATP World Tour Finals

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The groups are set, with three newcomers, two former champions and three men bidding to win for the first time, who meets who in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 2014 groups.

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Group A: Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych, Marin Cilic
Predicted Semi-finalists – Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka

Djokovic – Three time champion, and winner the last two years, he has more at stake here than just “three-peating” his title win as the race for the year-end World No. 1 all comes down to this week, and the draw has been pretty kind to the top seed.

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  • Leads Cilic 10-0
  • Leads Berdych 16-2
  • Leads Wawrinka 15-3

US Open champion Cilic started his year winning his home tournament in Zagreb for the fourth time before picking up the Delray Beach title and then making his run to a maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open. Winning in Moscow, he has capped off a great hard court season, although pulled out of Paris with an injury, and it remains to be seen how he copes with the different format of the finals.
  • Trails Djokovic 0-10
  • Trails Berdych 4-5
  • Trails Wawrinka 2-7

Berdych qualifies for his fifth straight year and the 2011 semi-finalist will be looking to get out of the round robin stages again this year, but he too faces a tough task around players that just have the edge over him, on paper at least.
  • Trails Djokovic 2-16
  • Trails Wawrinka 5-9
  • Leads Mrin Cilic 5-4

Wawrinka has been the first to admit that the latter half of his season has not gone as well as he would have liked, going without a win from the US Open up until Paris, where he won his opener, only to be edged out by Kevin Anderson in the third round. With Davis Cup final duty to fulfil the week after the World Tour Finals, Wawrinka will want to get some confidence up, as well as defending reaching the semi-finals on his debut in London last year.
  • Trails Djokovic 3-15
  • Leads Berdych 9-5
  • Leads Cilic 7-2

Group B: Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori, Andy Murray, Milos Raonic
Predicted Semi-finalists – Roger Federer, Andy Murray

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Six-time champion Roger Federer makes his final bid to steal the World No. 1 spot from Novak Djokovic this week, having caught up to the Serbian after winning the ATP 500 in Basel, he suffered a small setback falling in the quarter-finals of Paris, and faces perhaps a tricky draw this time around.
  • Level with Murray 11-11
  • Level with Nishikori 2-2
  • Leads Milos Raonic 6-1

US Open finalist Kei Nishikori will want to be well over the injury that inhibited him in his serving against Novak Djokovic in the Paris Masters semi-finals, as he makes his debut in London, carving out another piece of history being the first Asian male to make the season-ending finale.
  • Level with Federer 2-2
  • Trails Murray 0-3
  • Leads Raonic 4-1

Andy Murray qualifies for a seventh season-finale, although he missed last year after having back surgery, and is bidding to be first British player to win the World Tour Finals. But after a punishing six week schedule, three titles and some gruelling matches, Murray will need to put fatigue behind him if he wants to make a fourth semi-final or beyond.
  • Level with Federer 11-11
  • Leads Nishikori 3-0
  • Trails Raonic 1-3

Raonic is riding high after qualifying for the his first World Tour Finals by reaching the Paris Masters final, although he met a determined Novak Djokovic and maybe did not play to his full potential. His year saw him reach a Grand Slam final for the first time, when he made it to Wimbledon and his confidence will need to be high for his opening round robin match, after getting his first win over Federer in Paris.
  • Trails Federer 1-6
  • Trails Nishikori 1-4
  • Leads Murray 3-1

The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals starts on 9 November.

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