It’s a quiet week for tennis but the ATP Tour Finals in London aren’t far away and Tennis Signal takes a look at the confirmed runners and riders and those who might join them…
The ATP World Tour Finals, which is a couple of months away, will see the world’s top eight players compete in a round robin event in the razzmatazz of London’s 02 Arena.
Four players have already secured their spots at the season ending event – Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Daniil Medvedev.
However, tennis fans are set for a gripping climax to the campaign and four stars will still be hoping to seal their places.
The Serbian – who is currently world No 1 – lags behind Nadal in the Race to London rankings. He has been in fabulous form this term, claiming two Grand Slam titles to take his tally to 16 and he added a Madrid Masters crown to his ever growing trophy cabinet. He has a win-loss record of 41-8 and while he retired from his US Open fourth round blockbuster with Stan Wawrinka with a shoulder injury, he will be fired up to try and stop Nadal in his quest to end the season as the top ranked player and he is favourite at 11/10 to take the title.
Now just standing one shy of Federer’s record of 20 majors, the Spaniard has had an incredible campaign and claimed two Slams – the French Open and the US Open. The 33-year-old has landed 54 of the big titles – ie Grand Slams and Masters 1000 crowns. Surprisingly, he has yet to win the ATP Tour Finals in his glittering career. But to see him at is imperious best has been a joy to watch. And he has been backed at 7/2 with Betfair to clinch a maiden title.
The Swiss legend was unable to add to his Slam haul, but he lifted titles in Dubai, Miami and Halle and he booked his place in London over the summer. With six World Tour Final titles to his name, he is the most successful of the ‘Fab Three’ at the premier event. However, he averages a title every 4.3 events – a slower rate than Djokovic and Nadal (both 3.4). Federer is also competing at a record 17th World Tour Finals and he has been offered odds of 3/1 to continue his success.
After a mesmerising summer which saw him reach four hard court finals, Medvedev has exploded onto the ATP circuit and he has made a real name for himself. His Cincinnati Masters 1000 triumph showed his maturity and his run to the US Open final at Flushing Meadows was marvellous. Ranked fourth in the world and supplanting Dominic Thiem in the process, he is 13/2 to win on his debut in London. Should he do so, perhaps it could inspire him to break the vice-like grip exerted by the ‘Big Three’ on the Slams.
Best of the rest
The race to London is extremely tight and there are no guarantees as to who will make it. After an excellent start to the season that saw him seal victories in Barcelona and Indian Wells, the ‘Prince of Clay’ Dominic Thiem has seen his year fizzle out slightly. Matteo Berrettini has moved into contention after soaring from 17th position to ninth (2,160 points) in the Race to London.
Alexander Zverev – the defending ATP Finals champion – is still in the hunt. There are four players all within 100 points of eighth-placed Nishikori (2,180), who is just 170 points behind Roberto Bautista Agut in seventh position (2,350). Of those looking to reach London, Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas are both at 12/1 to land the World Tour Finals title.