2018 ATP Finals Draw – The final event of the ATP World Tour has arrived. The ATP Finals, held at the O2 Arena in London. Released Monday, the draw splits the top eight players in the world into two groups, named after Lleyton Hewitt and Gustavo Kuerten. Roger Federer was drawn into Group Lleyton Hewitt, along with Dominic Thiem, Kevin Anderson, and Kei Nishikori. With Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal (ankle injury), Group Gustavo Kuerten is lead by Novak Djokovic, along with Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic, and John Isner.
Federer is seeking his record extending seventh title at the ATP Finals, previously winning the title in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, and 2011. Should he go on to win in about two weeks time, it will also mark another milestone, career title #100. Play begins Sunday, November 11, with the final on Sunday, November 18. Federer will face Kei Nishikori in his first round robin match, Sunday 8:00 p.m. GMT/3:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. PST.
Group Lleyton Hewitt:
Group Gustavo Kuerten:
“If I would have known that last year, this would have been the season [I would have], I would have taken it,” said Federer. “I am very happy that I won a Grand Slam. I am very happy that I played as well as I did throughout the season. Maybe Wimbledon and the US Open didn’t go the way I was hoping, but those were really the only two disappointments of the season.
“I won a bunch of tournaments again and played great at the Australian Open. Again, I won my home tournament in Basel… I have just had a really solid season. I stayed injury free also, for most of the year, so I am actually very happy with this season so far.”
“I love playing this event. I always have, ever since I qualified for the very first time back in 2002,” said Federer. “It was a massive highlight in my career to be amongst the best eight and I actually had a great run too, that first time in Shanghai.”