This year the Nitto ATP Finals will be held without fans in London at the O2 Arena. This will be the last year that this event will take place in London, as it will move to Turin, Italy starting next year. The eight men who will be playing in the singles matches are the best eight ranked players in the world. Here are the players who are fighting to dethrone Stefanos Tsitsipas from his title, which he won last year against Dominic Thiem.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will look to tie Roger Federer with six ATP Finals titles this year. However, the Serbian has not won this event since 2015, but will look to change that as he has had an incredible year. As of late, he has suffered some setbacks as he lost the final of the French Open to Rafael Nadal. Then he lost to Lorenzo Sonego at the Vienna Open in straight sets. This loss was more than a surprise as he was outplayed by the young Italian.
Undoubtedly Djokovic will be the heavy favorite and he will try to cement his name amongst the greatest of all time. The road to the championship will not be easy as the best players will try to attempt to squash his dreams of glory.
The Spaniard comes from winning his 1,000th match at the Paris Masters, although he lost to Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals. Before that, he won the French Open, but this event is an indoor hard court. He did not look like himself in the Paris Masters, but will try to end the year on a high note.
Nadal has never won this event, but will try to add this lucrative title to his already incredible trophy set.
The young Russian is coming from an incredible run at the Paris Masters as he defeated Alexander Zverev in the final. He had a great run at this year’s US Open, but after that struggled to win some matches. Indeed, the Russian comes with all the momentum and should be considered a real threat to win the title. He has a strong serve and a great style of play.
The Austrian recorded the biggest title of his career this year, winning the US Open in a dramatic thriller against Alexander Zverev. Thiem has played a lot of tennis since the return of tennis due the global pandemic. Last year he reached the final of the ATP Finals and ended up losing the eventual champion Tsitsipas.
This year, Thiem will seek revenge and claim his second biggest title of his career. No doubt he has developed into a great hard court player and is a real threat to any opponent in his way.
The young German is playing some great tennis this year, but still remains without a Grand Slam title. He came close this year reaching the US Open final and blowing a two set to love lead. Nevertheless, he won both Cologne titles and reached the final of the Paris Masters.
He has won this tournament before, back in 2018, and will look to repeat that this year. No doubt Zverev is set to compete and defeat anyone in his way.
The young Greek is the defending champion as he beat Dominic Thiem last year in three sets. Stefanos has not had the best year of his young career, although, he can end the season on a high note if he can repeat what he did at last years event.
The young Russian has had the most consistent year of all of the contenders at the Nitto ATP Finals. This year he has won five titles, with a 40-8 win-loss record. He is in hot form and can defeat anybody in his path when he’s in his game. He looks ready to perform at the big stage with the elite, now he must prove that he belongs with the upper echelon.
The Argentine cracked into the top ten for the first time in his career. He is playing the best tennis of his life and will try to prove it against the best. He might be the shortest player of the bunch, but he backs up his game with high quality tennis. He’s proven that he can hang with the best as he defeated Nadal this year in Rome.
In addition to this, he beat Dominic Thiem at the French Open and reached the semifinals. Schwartzman has nothing to lose and everything to gain in this tournament
The Groups Have Been Drawn
In Group Tokyo 1970, Novak Djokovic leads the pack. He is accompanied by this year’s Paris Masters champion Daniil Medvedev, 2018 Nitto ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev, and the crafty Argentine Diego Schwartzman.
Group London 2020 is lead by Rafael Nadal. Following the Spaniard are this year’s US Open Champion Dominic Thiem, defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas, and in form Andrey Rublev.
Matteo Berrettini and Denis Shapovalov are the first and second alternates in the singles category.
In short, the matches will all be great as the best eight players of the world will battle it out to see who is the best. The Nitto ATP Finals starts Sunday, November 15 and the first two matches that day will be Thiem versus Tsitsipas and Nadal versus Rublev.
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