As you all know, the Top 8 players will be playing at Barclays World Tour Finals, 2013 starting from 4th November, 2013. (If you are interested in knowing, what is the Qualification criteria for the selection of these 8 players for WTF, I explained it in a separate article here.)
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The Seedings will be as per the ATP rankings that will be announced on 4th November, 2013. As Andy Murray has withdrawn from World Tour Finals, 2013, the following will be the seedings for World Tour Finals, 2013 :
1) Rafael Nadal
2) Novak Djokovic
3) David Ferrer
4) Juan Martin Del Potro
5) Tomas Berdych*
6) Roger Federer*
7) Stanislas Wawrinka
8) Richard Gasquet
Alternate Players: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic
After today's win over Del Potro, Roger Federer is on 3805 points while Tomas Berdych before the start of his quarter-final vs David Ferrer is on 3980 points, if Berdych manages to beat Ferrer, he will get to 4160 points. If Federer reaches finals of Bercy Masters, he will get to 4065 points, so, in order to get a higher seeding than Tomas Berdych will need to win Bercy Masters title & if Berdych loses to Ferrer, Federer will get the #5 seeding if he beats Djokovic in the semis of Bercy Masters.
But, how ever, even if Federer wins Bercy Masters title, Federer will get to only 4465 points.
While, Del Potro is currently on 5055 points, so, the sequence of seedings (with the exception of Berdych & Federer) is now 100% confirmed.
Formation of the Groups for World Tour Finals, 2013:
The players are distributed in to 2 groups.
With the first seeded player in Group-A & the second seeded player in the Group-B.
Players seeded (three and four), (five and six), (seven and eight), are then drawn in pairs placing the first drawn in Group A & second one in Group-B.
Similarly, the same rule will be applicable for 2nd pair of 5 & 6 & the 3rd pair of 7 & 8.
So, in a nutshell, in a particular group, there will be one player who is seeded 1 or 2, 2nd player will be seeded 3 or 4, 3rd player will be seeded 5 or 6 & the 4th player will be seeded 7 or 8.
To make it even more simple for you, this is how the groups of World Tour Finals are formed
Player seeded 1 (in 2013 - Rafael Nadal) will be in Group-A, Played seeded #2 (in 2013 - Novak Djokovic) will automatically get in Group-B.
Then, the 1st pairing of 3 & 4 will come up for the group draw. Who so ever gets selected first in the draw, gets in to Group A & second in Group-B.
Then, the 2nd pairing of 5 & 6 & after 5, 6 are allocated in the groups in the similar way.
Then, the last pairing of 7 & 8 comes up & allocated in to Group-A & B in the above described manner.
This is done to ensure that both groups are equal & the matches at World Tour Finals will be competitive.
Draw Timings & Date
At the time of publishing this post, Officially, ATP is yet to announce the draw time. But, my sources in the ATP have confirmed that as the seedings pairs have got confirmed & as there will be no changes in the seedings pairs in spite of the pending matches at Bercy Masters, 2013, ATP will announce the draw on Saturday, 2nd November, 2013 at about 14:00 GMT.
Scroll down for the Official Draw, Schedule & Groups.