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Federer Opens Against Berdych In London

World No. 3 kicks off his Barclays ATP World Tour Finals campaign on Sunday

#FINALSHOWDOWN TIME – The star-studded Barclays ATP World Tour Finals gets underway on Sunday, led by World No. 1 and reigning three-time champion (four overall) Novak Djokovic. No. 3 Roger Federer, who has won the title a tournament-record six times, is the other former winner in the field. This is the seventh year the season finale is being held at The O2 in London. Djokovic is joined in the Stan Smith Group by  No. 3 Federer, No. 6 Tomas Berdych and No. 8 Kei Nishikori. In the Ilie Nastase Group, No. 2 Andy Murray is joined by No. 4 Stan Wawrinka, No. 5 Rafael Nadal and No. 7 David Ferrer. All eight players are past participants in London. See page 7 for information on Day 1 singles and doubles match-ups.

THE GROUPS:

GROUP STAN SMITH

PLAYER

FINALS RECORD

BEST RESULT

APPEARANCE

1.

Novak Djokovic (SRB)

23-9

W 2008, ’12-13-14

9th

3.

Roger Federer (SUI)

48-11

W 2003-04, ’06-07, ’10-11

14th

6.

Tomas Berdych (CZE)

6-10

SF 2011

6th

8.

Kei Nishikori (JPN)

2-2

SF 2014

2nd

GROUP STAN SMITH NOTES: This is 2nd time in 3 years both former champions (Djokovic, Federer) are in the same group. Djokovic-Berdych will play each for 5th time in past 6 years in RR (DNP in ‘13). Djokovic is 7-1 in RR openers & has won 37 indoor matches in a row since ’12 Paris 2R (l. to Querrey). Federer-Berdych meet for 1st time in season finale, 21st meeting overall. Federer is 10-3 in RR openers, Berdych 0-5 in openers. Nishikori, SF last year, is youngest (25) player in tournament.

GROUP ILIE NASTASE

PLAYER

FINALS

RECORD

BEST RESULT

APPEARANCE

2.

Andy Murray (GBR)

10-9

SF 2008, ‘10, ‘12

8th (w/d in 2013)

4.

Stan Wawrinka (SUI)

4-4

SF 2013-14

3rd

5.

Rafael Nadal (ESP)

13-11

F 2010,  ‘13

11th (w/d in ’05, ’08, ’12, ‘14)

7.

David Ferrer (ESP)

8-11

F 2007

7th (alt. in ’14)

GROUP ILIE NASTASE NOTES: Murray & Nadal are 4-2 in openers while Ferrer is 3-3 and Wawrinka 2-0 in opening matches. Each player in the group has been a past SF-better with Nadal reaching final in 2010 and ‘13 and Ferrer in ’07. Nadal has a winning record against all three RR opponents (51-15 overall). Murray is a three-time SF and Wawrinka SF in 2013-14.       

12-YEAR DOMINANCE – For the 12th consecutive season, the year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings has been held by one of three players – Djokovic, Federer or Nadal.  Federer has finished No. 1 five years (2004-07, ’09), Djokovic four years (2011-12, ’14-15) and Nadal three years (2008, ’10, ’13). No other trio in the history of the Emirates ATP Rankings (since 1973) has held No. 1 for 12 years. This year’s tournament marks the sixth time that Djokovic, Federer and Nadal are all playing in the season finale field (Nadal withdrew four times).

FOUR IN A ROW? Djokovic is bidding to become the first player to win the season finale four times in a row in tournament history. Ivan Lendl is the last player to win three consecutive titles from 1985-1987, the year in which Djokovic was born. Lendl fell short of a fourth straight title with a runner-up in 1988 (l. to Becker). The Serb has won this title in 2008 (d. Davydenko), ‘12 (d. Federer)  ‘13 (d. Nadal) and last year (W/O vs. Federer). He is one of five players to win the tournament four or more times in his career, joining Federer (6), Pete Sampras (5), Lendl (5) and Ilie Nastase (4), who also won three titles in a row from 1971-73. 

30 & OVER FOURSOME – For the first time in tournament history (since 1970), there are four players over the age of 30 in the season finale: Federer (34), Ferrer (33), Berdych (30) and Wawrinka (30). The previous record is two players 30 & over in the year-end championship on 11 different occasions. The last 30 & over champion was Federer (30) in 2011.

SEASON TO REMEMBER – Djokovic comes into London with match winning streaks of 37 indoors, 22 overall this season and 14 at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Here is a look at Djokovic’s career-best stats in 2015:

DOUBLES GROUPS

GROUP ASHE/SMITH

TEAM

RECORD

BEST RESULT

1.

Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan

33-18

W 2003-04, ’09, ‘14

4.

Jamie Murray & John Peers

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TEAM DEBUT

5.

Simone Bolelli & Fabio Fognini

TEAM DEBUT

8.

Rohan Bopanna & Florin Mergea

TEAM DEBUT

Group Overview: The Bryans are making their 14th Finals appearance and they are coming off their fourth year-end finale title. The Bryans have an 8-3 head-to-head record against the other three teams in the group, who are all playing in their first Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

GROUP FLEMING/McENROE

PLAYER

RECORD

BEST RESULT

2.

Jean-Julien Rojer & Horia Tecau

0-3

RR 2014

4.

Ivan Dodig & Marcelo Melo

6-3

F 2014

6.

Pierre-Hugues Herbert & Nicolas Mahut

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TEAM DEBUT

7.

Marcin Matkowski & Nenad Zimonjic

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TEAM DEBUT

Group Overview: Rojer-Tecau are looking to break a winless record (0-3) while Dodig-Melo are looking to go a step further from their SF and final finishes the last two years. The other two teams are playing together for the first time although Matkowski and Zimonjic are past participants with other partners. Zimonjic won the title in 2008 & ’10 (w/Nestor), Matkowski runner-up in ’11 (w/Fyrstenberg).

BRYANS LEAD DOUBLES FIELD – Four-time Barclays ATP World Tour Finals champions Bob and Mike Bryan lead the doubles field. The Bryans have a narrow 65-point lead over No. 2 Jean-Julien Rojer & Horia Tecau. The Bryans are trying to finish No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Team Rankings for the seventh consecutive year and record 11th time in the past 13 years. This year they won a team-high six ATP World Tour titles in seven finals. They are the only former team in the field who has won the year-end title. Nenad Zimonjic, who won the title in 2008 and ’10 (w/Nestor), is the only other year-end finale winner in this year’s field. No. 3 and last year’s finalists Ivan Dodig & Marcelo Melo are the other former London participants. Melo has clinched No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings. No. 4 and first-time London participants Jamie Murray and John Peers are the fourth team in year-end No. 1 contention.

FIRST-TIME SUCCESS  –  In three of the last four years the eventual doubles champions were playing in their first Barclays ATP World Tour Finals as a team. In 2011, Max Mirnyi & Daniel Nestor captured the title and the Spanish duos of Marcel Granollers & Marc Lopez won in 2012 and David Marrero & Fernando Verdasco won in 2013. This year, there are five teams making their London debut :

(4) Jamie Murray & John Peers

(5) Simone Bolelli & Fabio Fognini

(6) Pierre-Hugues Herbert & Nicolas Mahut

(7) Marcin Matkowski & Nenad Zimonjic

(8) Rohan Bopanna & Florin Mergea