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Draw Made For ATP World Tour Finals As Murray Is Handed Tough Group

Andy Murray has been handed a tough draw for his first event as world No. 1 in the ATP World Tour Finals.

The Scot, who was crowned as the world’s best on Monday, has been drawn in Group John McEnroe against Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic.

Novak Djokovic, his rival to end the year as world No. 1, will be happier with his draw as he landed two newcomers to the event, Gael Monfils and Dominic Thiem, along with Milos Raonic.

Incredibly, Djokovic has never lost a single match against his group opponents at the event.

The Serb has won the last four titles at the O2 in London and he has been placed in the Ivan Lendl Group.

ATP World Tour Finals draw

Group John McEnroe – Murray, Wawrinka, Nishikori, CilicGroup Ivan Lendl – Djokovic, Raonic, Monfils, Thiem

Murray has had a tough time in recent years at the season-ending tournament, failing to get past the Round Robin stage in the last two years.

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He will begin this year’s campaign against Marin Cilic on Monday 14 November, while Djokovic starts on Sunday afternoon against Thiem.

Djokovic record against Group Ivan Lendl opponents

7-0 v Raonic13-0 v Monfils

3-0 v Thiem

The event sees the best available eight players in the world face off in a unique format to men’s tennis.

Each player in each group will face one another in a Round Robin stage, with the top two from both groups progressing to the semi-finals.

Opening World Tour Finals matches

Sunday afternoon
Djokovic v ThiemSunday night
Raonic v Monfils

Monday afternoon
Wawrinka v Nishikori

Monday night
Murray v Cilic

This year’s competition is particularly exciting given the close proximity between Murray and Djokovic at the top of the rankings.

Should Djokovic win every match at the event, he will end the year as world No. 1 but Murray can ensure he remains top of the pile by winning at the O2.

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