So it’s official. The draw has been done and I am pretty happy with what I see. It is almost a surprise to see Roger and Nadal in the same group, given that they never get drawn in the same half in the slams. This is also the first time in the Masters Cup that they will be in the same group. So I am very happy with that. They could even end up meeting twice if they both make it to the final. The rest of Roger’s group looks OK. Tsonga is always a dangerous player but Roger has now won their last two meetings and will feel confident that he can do so again. Fish will probably end up being the whipping boy of group B. The groups are well balanced because Tsonga and Berdych is more or less on the same level, while the same goes for Ferrer and Fish. Ferrer will probably end up being the whipping boy of group A again like he was last year.
I also like the fact that Tsonga and Nadal is in the same group. I think Tsonga has a better chance of beating Nadal than Berdych has. So I think in group B Roger will go through and then it will be between Nadal and Tsonga for the remaining spot. It would be nice if Nadal doesn’t make semis. But if he makes it through that is also OK. It would be cool if he loses to Djokovic again, or play Roger in the final again. In group A I think Djokovic will go through, and then it is between Murray and Berdych for the remaining spot. Berdych could beat Murray again like he did in Paris, in which case he will probably go through. It is tough to tell what will happen though. For instance Murray could beat Djokovic and lose to Berdych, while Berdych could lose to Djokovic but beat Murray, in which case you could have three guys with the same amount of wins. Same could happen in group B.
But certainly for me group B is by far the most interesting. Not only because I’m a Fedfan, but because an indoor Fedal match is something to look forward too. And then you have Nadal against Tsonga which will be interesting too. Group A is more the group of the pushers, so the matches will be less interesting. The only match that could be interesting there is Murray against Djokovic, and to a lesser extent Murray against Berdych. As far as the order of play goes we will have a repeat of the Paris final first up on Sunday when Roger opens proceedings against Tsonga.
Here is something to wet your appetites so long: