By News Team
12th November 2020
As has become tradition, the culmination of the ATP season sees the world’s best players head to London for the ATP World Tour Finals. Apart from Roger Federer, who is rehabbing from knee surgery, we have the best eight players in the world competing as they seek one of the biggest prizes outside of the Grand Slams.
This is the 12th and final year the tournament will be staged in London before it moves to Paris in 2021. Here’s a look ahead to the action which gets underway on Sunday.
Djokovic seeking sixth Tour Finals title
It seems common practice now to begin a tennis tournament preview talking about Novak Djokovic, but given how impressive the Serbian has been this year, it’s more than fair to. Though now 33, Djokovic has had one of his best seasons to date, with four titles, including the Australian Open in January, and perhaps more impressively, just three defeats.
He was comprehensively beaten by Rafael Nadal in the French Open final, but as we know the Spaniard is virtually unbeatable in Paris and so he would have been more than happy with his run there. Given he’s the world’s best player and has been for a while now, it’s no surprise he’s the 6/4 favourite here, however he was beaten by Lorenzo Sonego in Vienna recently which isn’t exactly ideal preparation for this.
Russian Medvedev in prime form
Rafa Nadal (9/2) is clearly a big player too and as mentioned, was in inspired form in the French Open last month. He didn’t drop a set on the way to his 13th Roland Garros title and played pretty well in the Paris Masters in his following tournament, although he was knocked out in straight sets by Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals. As always, the world number two will be fancied to go deep, but he is yet to win this title.
Instead, it’s the man who beat Zverev in the aforementioned Paris Masters final, Daniil Medvedev who could be the one to take the title at 9/2. The tall Russian hadn’t had the best of seasons, but he looked much more like his old self when reaching the semi-finals of the US Open without dropping a set. He was beaten by eventual winner Dominic Thiem there, but you feel that gave him an awful lot of confidence which he’s taken into the closing part of the campaign.
That new found confidence showed in Paris as he broke little sweat getting into the final and although he went a set down to Zverev, he showed real battling qualities to level it and then overpower his opponent in the final set 6-1. He’ll need to play better than he did here last year where he lost all three matches, but he’s clearly going to be coming into this full of belief he can add a ninth career title to his name.