Tennis: Federer with Zverev, Nadal with Thiem at the Masters
Switzerland’s Roger Federer faces Andy Murray in the Andy Murray Live exhibition on November 7, 2017 in Glasgow
Roger Federer is in the same group as Germany’s Alexander Zverev at the Masters, which begins Sunday in London, so Rafael Nadal, uncertain for the tournament, is with Dominic Thiem, according to the draw held on Wednesday.
In addition to the Spaniard Nadal, assured to keep the throne N.1 worldwide regardless of its results in London, and the Austrian Thiem (N.4), the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (N.6) and the Belgian David Goffin (N.7) appears in the “Pete Sampras group”.
Croatian sailor Marin Cilic (N.5) and American Jack Sock (N.8), who won the last ticket thanks to his title at the Masters 1000 Paris on Sunday, were paid into the “Boris Becker group” with Switzerland Federer (N.2) and German Zverev (N.3).
Nadal, looking for a first trophy in London, is not sure to be able to participate because of a right knee injury that woke up last week at Masters 1000 Paris-Bercy where he had to forfeit before the quarterfinals.
“He was worried and we did a series of exams but nothing serious was detected at the tendons.We will start a treatment so that he can continue muscular work (…) so that he can go to London as he wishes, “said Angel Ruiz Cotorro, the personal physician of the Roland-Garros and US Open champions.
“We must always be optimistic but also realistic in the face of this situation at the end of an extraordinary season.We must be careful.Health premium,” said Dr. Cotorro.
Federer, who skipped the Paris-Bercy tournament to spare his back before the “Masters tournament”, holds the record of victories in the competition with six titles (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011 ). The Swiss had qualified for four more finals in 2005, 2012, 2014 (not played because back injured) and 2015.
He must start Sunday against Sock (14:00 local, 15:00 French). Zverev and Cilic will compete on the same day (20h00 local, 21h00 French).
Nadal must make his entry against Goffin on Monday (20:00 local, 21:00 French) after the first single of the day between Thiem and Dimitrov (14:00 local, 15:00 French).
Composition of the groups:
“Pete Sampras” group: Nadal (ESP / N.1), Thiem (AUT / N.4), Dimitrov (BUL / N.6), Goffin (BEL / N.7)
Group “Boris Becker”: Federer (SUI / N.2), A.Zverev (GER / N.3), Cilic (CRO / N.5), Sock (USA / N.8)