Salisbury eyes London triumph — Nitto ATP Finals

Salisbury eyes London triumph — Nitto ATP Finals

Group London 2020 promises to be full of thrills as Nadal has been drawn with third seed and US Open victor, Dominic Thiem, sixth seed and reigning champion Tsitsipas and seventh seed Andrey Rublev.

The 50th anniversary of the first staging of ATP Finals, which features the best eight players of the 2020 season, has been marked with the naming of two round-robin groups, Tokyo 1970 and London 2020.

World number one Novak Djokovic has been drawn in a group with Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Diego Schwartzman at the upcoming ATP Finals. The Spaniard said the experience of playing the finals in the British capital had been "one of the best" but backed the decision to move the tournament to Turin from next year. "I try to fight hard every single match in Bercy".

Tsitsipas lost to Nadal in the group stage but beat Thiem in the final to win the competition past year, though the Austrian will hope to go one better after making his major breakthrough by going all the way at the US Open.

After the domination of Federer and Djokovic, who won 11 of the 13 editions between 2003 and 2015, the last three years in London has seen first-time winners in Grigor Dimitrov, Zverev and Tsitsipas and that sequence could continue.

Despite his lack of indoor success, the shortened season could count in Nadal's favour - he has been forced to withdraw from the ATP Finals six times previously.

"I am looking forward to playing, but the last few days the focus has shifted a little bit to the off court", Zverev, the champion in London in 2018, said in a statement. "I think I played less indoors than on the other surfaces, without a doubt..." I hope to change that this week.

He was beaten by Andy Murray in 2016 and also lost to Alexander Zverev in the tournament two years ago.

'It makes me sad the impact that such accusations can have on the sport, on the outside world, on myself as well.

"It's like a meeting spot for those that had a good year to be back here, celebrate their hard work, their dedication to the sport".

Spaniard Rafael Nadal owns 86 tour-level trophies and achieved a career milestone earlier this year at Roland Garros by tying Roger Federer's Grand Slam titles record with his 20th major trophy. Thiem and Tsitsipas come into the tournament with slight injury concerns, but last year's finalists have enjoyed successful 2020 seasons, especially the Austrian, and will want to sign off in London with a winning campaign.

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