ATP World Tour Finals Draw: Predicting Winners of Year-End Championship

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 5, 2012

SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 13: Roger Federer of Switzerland lunges for a ball while playing Andy Murray of Great Britain during the Men's Singles semi-finals of the Shanghai Rolex Masters at the Qi Zhong Tennis Center on October 13, 2012 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
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The best of the best are on display at London's O2 Arena for the ATP World Tour Finals this week.

Although Rafael Nadal will miss the tournament with an injury, the other eight top players in the world will compete at the exclusive event.

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are the favorites, but any of the eight competitors can win the year-end championship. 


Where: O2 Arena, London, England

When: November 5 - 12

Watch: Sky Sports and BBC 2

Live Stream: Tennis TV



Group A Group B
Novak Djokovic Roger Federer
Andy Murray David Ferrer
Tomas Berdych Juan Martin del Potro
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Janko Tipsarevic



Group A

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are the class of Group A, and should each be able to survive the round-robin stage.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has played well all season, but he has not been able to defeat Tomas Berdych recently and he is simply not consistent enough to defeat either of the top players in the group. 

Djokovic and Murray have each handed each other their most recent loss, and that rivalry should continue in this tournament.

The difference is, Murray seems to perform better on a bigger stage, which means he has a better chance of faltering before the semifinals.

Prediction: 1. Djokovic 2. Murray 3. Berdych 4. Tsonga


Group B

Roger Federer has been great in almost every tournament he has played in over the years, but this year-end championship has been his specialty.

He has won here six times, finishing with an undefeated record in five of those tournament victories.

Only once since 2002 did he fail to reach the semifinals, and that will not change this year.

Juan Martin del Potro has been on an amazing run lately and should be able to continue his good play toward a berth in the knockout stage. Meanwhile, David Ferrer is not as good away from clay and Janko Tipsarevic has struggled lately.

Prediction: 1. Federer 2. Del Potro 3. Ferrer 4. Tipsarevic



Juan Martin del Potro should give Novak Djokovic all he can handle, but the Serbian will be able to win with his great ability to break serve.

On the other half of the bracket, Roger Federer should be able to avenge his loss to Andy Murray at the Olympics. This should be a very emotional match with the English crowd, but the No. 1 player in the world has the experience to end up on top.

Prediction: Djokovic def. del Potro, Federer def. Murray



The match that most people around the world want to see will take place in the final, with Djokovic taking on Federer.

Federer might move a little slower than he has in the past, but he still can place the ball as well as anyone in the world. He has dominated this tournament over the years and really wants to keep his No. 1 world ranking.

No one, including Djokovic, should be able to take it away from him.

Prediction: Federer def. Djokovic