Andy Murray to face old rival Novak Djokovic in a US Open final.Andy Murray has been drawn to meet old rival Novak Djokovic in a US Open final rematch in the group stages of the ATP World Tour Finals.
Britain’s Murray, aiming to win the season-ending event for the first time, will hope to repeat his dramatic victory over Djokovic in New York in September when they clash in Group A at the O2 Arena in south-east London.
As well as the US Open final, where Murray won his first grand slam title in an epic five-set match, the pair also faced off recently in the final of the Shanghai Masters.
Andy Murray will play Czech Tomas Berdych in his opening match after being handed a difficult draw at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. The Briton was placed in Group A, along with world number one Novak Djokovic, world number six Berdych and world number seven Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Murray plays Berdych at 13:45 GMT on Monday, before Djokovic meets Tsonga. Roger Federer, David Ferrer, Juan Martin del Potro and Janko Tipsarevic have been drawn in Group B. The top two players from each group progress to the semi-finals at the season-ending tournament.
Murray held five match points but it was Djokovic who eventually came out on top to make partial amends for his US Open loss.
Murray and Djokovic will also face Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic and France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in their other Group A matches.
The top eight players in the world rankings qualify for the tournament, but Spanish star Rafael Nadal is absent due to injury.
Defending Tour Finals champion Roger Federer, who has won the event a record six times but will lose his world number one ranking to Djokovic on Monday, is in Group B with former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro, Spain’s David Ferrer and Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic.
The tournament is being held in London for the fourth time after moving from Shanghai in 2009. Murray has yet to make it past the semi-finals at the O2 but expectations have never been higher in a year that has seen him break his Grand Slam duck and win Olympic gold.
“There’s always pressure at all of the major tournaments,” he said.
“I feel a little bit more relaxed coming in this year than I have done in previous years because I managed to win the US Open, but there’s going to be pressure on me here to play well.
“The only thing I can guarantee is that I’ll give 110% on the court, fight as hard as I can to the end of all of the matches and see where that gets me. Hopefully it will get me a few wins.”
Murray has reunited with coach Ivan Lendl in London for the first time at a tournament since his US Open win after the Czech arrived in London on Friday.
The pair will begin making plans for the round-robin matches on Sunday.
“I knew my first match was going to be against either Berdych or Del Potro,” said Murray.
“There are obviously differences in their games but they’re both big guys, big hitters, flat hitters of the ball, and can generate power and winning shots from all parts of the court, so you need to try and use some variety.
“Against all of the guys here you’re going to have to play a top-quality match to win.
“You’re going to have to make slight adjustments to your tactics in all of the matches. I’ll go through the tactics for that match with Ivan on Sunday.”