Novak Djokovic handed favourable ATP Finals draw by avoiding his two biggest rivals

Meanwhile, the 34-year-old’s only match against Casper Ruud – a five-time title winner in 2021 – came during last year’s Rome Masters semi-final, which was won by the Serb 7-5 6-3.

Matteo Berrettini and Hubert Hurkacz also round out Group B and will compete with Medvedev and Zverev for a spot in the semi-finals.

The top seed has won three of the three matches he has played against world No 9 Hurkacz, but the Pole came within points of beating Djokovic during last week’s Paris Masters semi-final, which the Serb narrowly won 3-6 6-0 7-6(5)

Although Berrettini has never beaten Djokovic, the pair met at three of the four Grand Slams this year, where the 25-year-old was able to push the world No 1 and take a set off him in all three matches, and the Italian will also benefit from playing in front of a home crowd this year.

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