Djokovic Drawn Opposite Federer and Murray in ATP Finals

Defending champion Novak Djokovic will avoid playing men’s Grand Slam record holder Roger Federer and former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray in the group stages of next week’s season-ending ATP World Tour Finals.

Top-ranked Djokovic of Serbia was drawn in the same group as U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic of Croatia, seventh-ranked Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic and Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland.

Britain’s Murray and Switzerland’s Federer, a six-time ATP Finals winner, were drawn in the opposite group with U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori of Japan and Milos Raonic, the world No. 8 from Canada. Rafael Nadal withdrew to have an appendix operation.

The ATP Finals, which start Nov. 9 at London’s O2 arena, feature a round-robin format, with the top eight singles and doubles players in the ATP rankings divided into two groups. Each plays the three others in the group, with the top two in each section moving into the knockout semifinals.

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