The final day of round robin plat at the ATP Finals is here! It’s been an incredible week of tennis in London and we have two more stunning matchups to finish the week! The big matchup of the day is, obviously, Djokovic vs Zverev, as the winner of that match will advance to the semifinals. But, that doesn’t mean that Schwartzman vs Medvedev will be a dud! Especially after their spat at the ATP Cup earlier this season. So, who will win and who will fall short? I give my best guesses!
ATP Finals Day 6 Predictions
Daniil Medvedev vs Diego Schwartzman
Head to Head: 4-0 Medvedev
Daniil Medvedev is playing some of the best tennis of his career at the ATP Finals. After a comfortable win over Alexander Zverev in his first match, he took down Novak Djokovic in straight sets to lock his place in the semifinals. How much energy Medvedev will put into this match is unknown. Diego Schwartzman, after falling in straight sets to Novak Djokovic, fought hard against Alexander Zverev. However, the fast indoor surface does not suit his game, and he lost to Zverev in three sets.
Medvedev leads the head to head 4-0, including a 6-3 6-1 win over Schwartzman in the ATP Masters event in Paris recently on a similar surface. You might be thinking that Medvedev, despite the prize money and points at stake, will not care and give his all in this match, as he is already into the semifinals. However, given the tension from the ATP Cup match, which Medvedev won in three sets, I don’t see him giving this match to Schwartzman.
These two might not be rivals, but they certainly don’t like each other. The Russian will play his game and, on an faster indoor hard court, he should come through this match in straight sets. Medvedev goes into the semifinals on a high note.
Prediction: Medvedev in 2
Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev
Head to Head: 3-2 Djokovic
Novak Djokovic had a comfortable win over Diego Schwartzman, but came up short in his next match against Daniil Medvedev. Djokovic could not figure out a way to hit through the brilliant defenses of Medvedev. Alexander Zverev also could not figure out the Medvedev puzzle, but he did beat Schwartzman in three sets.
Djokovic leads the head to head 3-2, with the players having split the two previous meetings at the ATP Finals. Zverev will have to be making a lot of first serves and control the court with his backhand in order to win this match. To be honest, Zverev’s variety game is not great, so he needs to avoid the temptation to go for drop shots. Zverev will also need to step up in the court and be aggressive, as his instinct is to just stay far behind the baseline and get balls back. Djokovic’s strengths are his backhand and his return of serve. The backhand-to-backhand exchanges will be fun to watch, as both player’s backhands are incredible.
But, where Djokovic will be winning this match is with his return. Zverev will not get as many free points on serve as he’s accustomed to. Djokovic also will make sure to pound the Zverev forehand and I trust Djokovic’s forehand more than Zverev’s. Djokovic lives for matches like this and I don’t see him losing here. Djokovic will be in the semifinals.
Prediction: Djokovic in 3
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