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Boris Becker reveals why Roger Federer has a big advantage over Novak Djokovic at ATP Finals

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epa06991262 Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts as he plays Nick Kyrgios of Australia during the sixth day of the US Open Tennis Championships the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, USA, 01 September 2018. The US Open runs from 27 August through 09 September. EPA/JUSTIN LANE *** Local Caption *** 53000073

The two players have been kept in different groups for the tournament (Picture: EPA)

Boris Becker believes the draw for the ATP Finals gives Roger Federer a big advantage over Novak Djokovic in next weeks tournament in London.

The Serbian star is guaranteed to finish the year as world number one after Rafael Nadal pulled out of the season-ending tournament due to both abdominal and ankle injuries.

Nadal would have been in the same group as Djokovic, but far from making it easier, Becker believes his big-serving replacement, John Isner, has actually made the draw even tougher.

Becker was speaking on The One Show ahead of next weeks tournament (Getty)

I would reckon the Novak Djokovic group is the tougher one, said the German, who coached Djokovic for three years.

Djokovic, [Alexander] Zverev, [Marin] Cilic and Isner is a pretty rough one.

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On the other hand, Kevin Anderson isnt too bad either on serving.

Normally the big servers prefer indoors because they have the advantage. Roger Federer has a big serve too.

Federer can leapfrog Nadal into No.2 in the world if he wins the ATP Finals (Getty)

While Federer will need to try and stop the big-serving South African Anderson, who beat him at Wimbledon, his other opponents are Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori.

On Nadals absence, Becker added: Unfortunately we heard the news about Nadal. He was challenging for the number one spot with Novak Djokovic, who will now finish regardless as the number one player.

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