Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Final Draw


The draws for the World Tour Finals were completed early today.


Group A
Roger Federer (SUI)
Andy Murray (GBR)
Juan Martin del Potro (ARG)
Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

Group B
Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Novak Djokovic (SRB)
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)
Robin Soderling (SWE)

Group A is more injured than Group B so the top two seeds should get through without much fuss. The Russian could play spoiler in Group B.



Group A
Daniel Nestor - Nenad Zimonjic
Mahesh Bhupathi - Mark Knowles
Frantisek Cermak - Michal Mertinak
Mariusz Fyrstenberg - Marcin Matkowski

Group B
Bob Bryan - Mike Bryan
Lukas Dlouhy - Leander Paes
Lukasz Kubot - Oliver Marach
Max Mirnyi - Andy Ram


PeytonAllen said...

It'll be interesting to see how Nadal fares. The last time he's played all three of his group mates he's been murdered. I saw the Nadal/Djoke match and while Djoke just played lights out, I didn't see the intensity from Rafa as we're all used to.

It's been downhill for him since Australia. As we move away from the incredible Fed/Nadal era, is it possible Nadal has seen his best days as well? He was so good so young, is he the next Hewitt? Or was '09 just a footnote to the next chapter of his career.

I think he'll figure out how he needs to play to compete with the top guys as he moves forward, but he hasn't been the "bull" since put 10 hours on court on the final weekend down under.

I'm hoping for 2-1 and a semi-final birth, but to be honest, 0-3 wouldn't surprise me.

Fed's group is zombieland. Del Porto is still high from New York, Murray uninterested, and Fed the same.

This is the Joker's title unless someone offstage decides the title is worth going all in for.

Craig Hickman said...

Djoke will be interested in asserting his late-season dominance, but while the spirit is willing, the flesh will be weak.

As side from the mental exhaustion, his back probably won't hold up through the final.

If he gets there.

I suspect Federer will take him out in the semifinal.

And don't ask how I get that matchup a that stage.

oddman said...

I do.