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لندن – The final masters ’tennis tournament draw resulted in Spain’s Rafael Nadal, ranked second in the world, in a powerful group that included Greek Stefanos Tsetsipas, sixth, defending champion and Austrian Dominic Thiem, the third, runner-up, US Open champion and Russian Andre Rublev eighth.
The draw was not merciful either to the Serbian Novak Djokovic, the first in the world, as it placed him in a difficult group as well, along with the Russian Daniel Medvedev IV, the German Alexander Zverev the seventh and the Argentine Diego Schwarzman the ninth.
To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of the final tournament, which brings together the world’s eight best players annually, scheduled in London between November 15 and 22, the name “Tokyo 1970” was given to the group that included Nadal and “London 2020” to the Djokovic group.
The tournament, which will move from the English capital to Turin, Italy, starting next year, will be held in the “O2 Arena” in London behind closed doors in accordance with the measures taken in the United Kingdom due to the outbreak of the new Corona virus in the country.
Tsitsipas won the championship for the first time in his professional career last year, beating Team 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).
Swiss Roger Federer, fourth in the world and the record holder in the number of titles in the tournament (6 times out of 10 final matches), is absent due to a knee operation.
Djokovic will try to equal the record in the number of titles in the tournament that he won for the last time in 2015 and it was his fourth in a row, after which he lost the final twice to Andy Murray in 2016 and before Zverev in 2018.
On the other hand, Nadal is hoping to win the championship for the first time in his professional career, knowing that he lost the final twice to Federer in 2010 and to Djokovic in 2013.