ATP Finals 2020: Preview & Prediction
The ATP Finals get underway on November 15 with eight of the world’s best tennis players battling to end the 2020 season on a high note.
The event will be staged for the final time at the O2 Arena in London, with Italy set to take over as the host from 2021.
The eight qualifiers are split into two groups of four, with players competing in a round-robin format during the opening stage.
The top two in each group progress to the semi-finals, with the winners in each section facing the runners-up from the opposite group.
Novak Djokovic is a short price to lift the trophy, but in-play betting for the ATP Finals will offer punters plenty of opportunities to obtain value during the tournament.
Read on as we take a look at the eight qualifiers for the ATP Finals and predict who we think will claim the silverware.
Djokovic enjoyed an excellent start to the year, winning in Australia and Dubai before the enforced suspension of the season.
He won on his comeback in the Cincinnati Masters, before being disqualified from the US Open for smashing a ball at a line judge.
Djokovic followed his victory in the Italian Open by reaching the final of the French Open and will fancy his chances of winning the ATP Finals for the sixth time in his career.
Nadal has qualified for the ATP Finals in each of the last 16 years, although he is still chasing his first title after twice finishing as runner-up.
He has won the Mexican Open and French Open this season, but his form in general hasn’t quite been at its usual level.
Nadal hasn’t reached the final of this event since losing to Djokovic in 2013 and doesn’t appeal as a likely winner this time around.
The Russian struggled to find his form during the early part of the season, making early exits from tournaments in Australia, Netherlands and France.
However, he picked things up after the restart to reach the semi-finals of the US Open before being beaten by eventual winner Dominic Thiem.
He heads into this event on the back of a victory in the Paris Masters and could prove to be dangerous if he maintains the same level of performance.
Thiem reached the final of the Australian Open back in January and has since gone on to claim his first major title by winning the US Open.
The Austrian’s form has been patchy since then, and he still appears to be suffering from the effects of his exertions at Flushing Meadows.
Thiem reached the final of this event last season, but he will need to up his game if he is to mount a serious challenge this time around.
Zverev is aiming to win his second ATP Finals title in four appearances after another consistent year on the tour.
He has since won two hard court tournaments in Germany and could be extremely tough to beat in the ATP Finals.
Rublev will make his debut at the ATP Finals in London after powering his way to five titles on the circuit during 2020.
However, he failed to progress beyond the quarter-finals in any of the three Grand Slams and could struggle to make his mark next week.
Rublev is attempting to be the first Russian to win the event since Nikolay Davydenko in 2009, but it will be a surprise if he progresses past the group stage.
Tsitsipas won this event in 2019, but his recent form looks way short of what will be needed to emerge victorious once again.
He has made early exits from tournaments in Austria and France, and has the look of a man who can’t wait for the season to end.
The Greek star has been troubled by a leg injury over the past few weeks and has admitted that he is worried about his fitness.
Schwartzman was the final player to qualify for the ATP Finals, and he could prove to be a lively outsider in the event.
He beat Nadal on his way to the final of the Italian Open, before losing to the same player in the last four of the French Open.
Schwartzman subsequently reached another final in Germany, and it would be foolish to underestimate his chances in London.
ATP Finals Prediction: Djokovic is a worthy favourite despite failing to win the event over the past four years.
At the current odds, Zverev is the value bet after demonstrating his current level of form with two victories in Germany.
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