Djokovic and Alcaraz discover ATP Finals group in ‘best line-up in years’

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Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz are among the eight stars who have learned their fate in the 2023 ATP Finals draw on Thursday afternoon. The annual season curtain-closer looks set to serve up incredible entertainment this year, with some fans labelling the draw the tournament’s ‘best lineup in years’.

The 2023 edition of the ATP Finals will take place in Turin from Sunday, November 12 to Sunday, November 19, and features two mouth-watering groups.

Top seed Novak Djokovic, who won his sixth ATP Finals against Casper Ruud in last year’s final, has been pitted against home hero and fourth seed Jannik Sinner in the Green Group.

The sixth seed, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and the eighth seed, Holger Rune, make up the group, which will be considered favourable for Djokovic.

Carlos Alcaraz, the second seed, headlines the Red Group, joining third seed Daniil Medvedev, fifth seed Andrey Rublev and seventh seed Alexander Zverev.

Djokovic could face a semi-final against Medvedev before a blockbuster final against Alcaraz, who may have to navigate past a tough clash with the Italian Sinner if he tops the Red Group.

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The ATP Finals are a prestigious way of concluding the season, with over 260,000 fans travelling to watch the world’s best eight players battle it out every year.

It’s been running since 1970 as the second highest tier ATP tournament after the four Grand Slams – the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

If the champion goes undefeated, he will pocket £3.8million in prize money. Just winning the tournament alone guarantees £1.8m and 1500 ATP Ranking points.

But Djokovic is eyeing more this year. Glory in Turin would see the Serb surpass Roger Federer as the ATP Finals’ outright record winner with his seventh crown.

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It would secure his status as the ATP Year-End World No 1 for the eighth time as he continues his relentless path to become the undisputed tennis GOAT.

The doubles draw was also revealed on Thursday, with top seeds Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek in the Green Group and reigning champions Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury in the Red Group.

Santiago Gonzalez and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos and Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni join Dodig and Krajicek in the Green Group.

Ram and Salisbury will start their title defence against Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski, Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden and Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler.

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