For one final time, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will line up at the O2 Arena in London for the ATP Finals.
In its final year of a 12-season stay in the UK capital – before a move to Turin – there will be no 18,000-strong crowd due in the day nor night sessions due to coronavirus restrictions.
Still, there’s a strong field on the 50th anniversary of the event and both Djokovic and Nadal will have to work hard to reach the semi-finals.
Djokovic, the world No. 1 from Serbia is in Group Tokyo 1970 and will face Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Diego Schwartzman in the round robin stage.
In Group London 2020, Nadal is joined by Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tstisipas and Andrey Rublev.
Greg Rusedski, the former British No. 1, thinks Djokovic is the favourite but suspects five of the eight-man field could get their hands on the title.
ATP Finals winners in London
2009 – Nikolay Davydenko
2010 – Roger Federer
2011 – Roger Federer
2012 – Novak Djokovic
2013 – Novak Djokovic
2014 – Novak Djokovic
2015 – Novak Djokovic
2016 – Andy Murray
2017 – Grigor Dimitrov
2018 – Alexander Zverev
2019 – Stefanos Tsitsipas
‘Novak has to go down as the favourite but he hasn’t won since 2015… that’s a long time,’ he told Metro.co.uk. ‘He’s rested but Thiem beat him last year.
‘Then you look at Sascha Zverev who won it in 2018. Tsitsipas last year. I think you’re looking at five guys who could win this.
‘The question mark is where is Dominic Thiem? The best players indoors have been Djokovic, Medvedev and Zverev – those three guys.
‘People will talk about Djokovic’s loss in Vienna [to lucky loser Lorenzo Sonego], but he achieved his goal.
‘He got to year-end No. 1 for the sixth time, tying Sampras. He wants to tie a guy by the name of Federer who’s got six ATP Finals titles.
‘Djokovic, Medvedev and Zverev are the favourites. Dominic Thiem as well but he hasn’t played quite as much coming into the O2.’
The Nitto ATP Finals will be available to watch on Amazon Prime Video on Sunday 15th to Sunday 22nd November.
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