Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet on board the riverboat to the ATP World Tour Finals with the world number one ranking in their sights. After a season that began with Federer in floods of tears at the Australian Open and Spain’s Nadal seemingly on the verge of complete domination, men’s tennis has come full circle with the Swiss maestro once again ahead of the rest.
As London prepares to welcome the world’s top eight singles players for a great scenario to launch the city’s five-year stint as hosts.
But Wednesday’s draw has opened up the possibility of some late twists and turns in the season finale, which splits eight of the world’s top nine players into two round-robin groups.
Federer, a four-times winner, must face Britain’s world number four Andy Murray, a player he has lost to on six of their nine meetings.
Juan Martin del Potro, the Argentine who stunned the Swiss in the US Open final, and dangerous Spaniard Fernando Verdasco also await in Group A.
Nadal, who trails Federer by 945 points could pocket 1,500 if he leaves London undefeated, he will take on Novak Djokovic and Russian Nikolay Davydenko in Group B.
Nadal must also face Sweden’s Robin Soderling, he ended his hopes of five consecutive French Open titles.
On paper, Nadal has the easier task, but he has not looked in peak condition in recent weeks.
The Spaniard lost heavily to Serbia’s Djokovic in the quarter-finals of last week’s Paris Masters.
Who do you think is going to come out on top?