Novak Djokovic is the top favorite at the ATP Finals in Turin from Sunday. Amazing: None of the Big 3 has won the Masters for six years, Rafael Nadal never.
the essentials in brief
- The ATP Finals start in Turin on Sunday.
- Rafael Nadal wants to win the tournament for the first time but is not a favourite.
- Novak Djokovic could catch up with record winner Roger Federer.
The big three Nadal, Djokovic and Roger Federer, who retired this year, were hard to beat in the Grand Slams for many years because it takes three sets to be won there.
It’s different at the ATP Finals. The winners of the last six years were Alexander Zverev (2), Andy Murray, Grigor Dimitrov, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev.
Rafael Nadal is waiting for his first finals victory
The Masters is the only significant gap in Nadal’s palmarès. The 36-year-old Spaniard lost twice in the final, in 2010 against Federer and in 2013 against Djokovic. Now in Turin he may have his last chance at this title. After the cancellation of his compatriot Carlos Alcaraz due to injury, he is seeded as number 1.
Indoors, however, have never been Nadal’s forte and having played (and lost) only one singles since the US Open, he is not the top favorite in the tournament starting on Sunday. This is Novak Djokovic.
The Serb would probably still be number 1 if he hadn’t missed many tournaments due to his missing corona vaccination.
Djokovic chases Federer record
Félix Auger-Aliassime from Canada was in good form recently with 16 wins in 17 games and three tournament wins. Alongside American Taylor Fritz, the Swiss Indoors champion is one of only two newcomers to the Masters among the top eight players of the year.
Defending champion Zverev is missing after his serious foot injury at the French Open in June.
Who will win the ATP Finals?
Djokovic, who could catch up with record winner Federer with a sixth title, and Nadal initially avoid each other. The Serb forms a group with the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and the Russians Daniil Medvedev and Andrei Rublev, Nadal with Auger-Aliassime, Fritz and the Norwegian Casper Ruud.
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