Belfast Telegraph

Murray avoids tough Djokovic draw

By Eleanor Crooks

Andy Murray has avoided world number one Novak Djokovic in the group stages of the ATP World Tour Finals at London's O2 Arena next week.

The British number one looks to have been given a kind draw as he was matched with Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic in Group B, with the latter two competitors playing in the season-ending tournament for the first time.

Djokovic, who has beaten Murray on the four occasions they have played each other this year, will face Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic in Group A.

Murray was forced to miss last year's competition as he continued his recovery from back surgery but he had qualified in the previous five years.

Yet he only guaranteed his spot for this year's event with a superb final few weeks which saw him win titles in Shenzhen, Vienna and Valencia.

Murray could have been forgiven for wanting to be kept apart from his old rival given the Serbian's stronghold over him this season although he has lost twice to Federer this year.

Their head-to-head is finely poised, currently standing at 11 wins apiece - but Federer has beaten Murray on the three occasions they have met at the O2.

Murray has a losing record against Canadian Raonic, who holds a 3-1 advantage.

The Scot has won all three previous encounters with Nishikori, however, and will face the Japanese in his opening match.

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