Completed the list of eight Masters for the 2020 ATP Finals in London: Djokovic, Nadal, Thiem, Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Zverev, Rublev and Schwartzman. Three out of eight have already raised the trophy, two the rookies. Here are all the details and our ATP Finals Picks.
This is the last time they will be held in the iconic setting of the O2 Arena in London before moving to Turin, in Italy.
When are the 2020 ATP Finals?
From 15 to 22 November 2020. The protagonists of the men’s singles will be divided into the groups “Tokyo 1970”, where Djokovic is already present, and “London 2020”, where Nadal is present.
This year’s edition will be very special due to the pandemic, and not just due to the absence of spectators.
Unlike previous editions, there will be no line judges at the O2 Arena. The calls will be made from “hawk-eye live”, as has already happened in some American tournaments this summer or in the past at the Next Gen Atp Finals. The tennis players will be allowed to bring only three members of their staff to the ATP Finals and will have to undergo only one swab for Covid-19 before the start of the event. Furthermore, they will absolutely not be able to leave the “bubble” otherwise they will be disqualified.
Who will win the 2020 ATP Finals?
The favorite of the bookmakers’ odds is Novak Djokovic who detaches Rafael Nadal but also pay attention to Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Zverev. The defending champion is Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Let’s see in more detail who are the eight Masters who have achieved the qualification.
With Nadal reaching the semi-finals of Paris-Bercy and giving up the ATP in Sofia for good, Nole is now really sure to end the year at number one, no matter what happens in London. He will participate in his thirteenth Masters: there are five of his successes (2008, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015), but he has remained dry in the last five seasons. In the last one he even went out in the Round Robin. He will certainly want to put an end to his fast and end a season in which he won a Grand Slam and two Masters 1000s in the best possible way. And with six triumphs he would equal Federer’s record.
For the Majorcan this is the tenth participation and we know however that the season finale can be very complicated for Rafa, who often struggles with physical problems. In these game conditions you need his best version to try to win, which is why he often preferred to give up. Only on two occasions did he reach the final at the O2 Arena: in 2010 (lost to Federer) and in 2013 (defeat to Djokovic). Who knows, maybe this year, having had an inexpensive season, he can hope to raise the trophy. The preparation at Bercy was good, but not exceptional: as soon as he met a top player, Zverev, he was defeated in two sets. And in London top players compete.
The finalist of the last edition arrives in London with the release of the much sought after Grand Slam victory. The Austrian, knocked out by Rublev in his home tournament, missed Bercy after a busy season despite being forced to stop due to the pandemic. His varied and powerful tennis can put anyone in crisis; everything will depend on his physical condition.
Second participation in the Finals for the Russian. After the humiliating defeat suffered by Nadal in the groups, Medvedev will certainly want to redeem a 2020 that is definitely lacking in good results. An extremely “annoying” player for everyone, he represents a loose cannon able to go well beyond last year’s result.
The biggest unknowns concern the reigning champion. The Greek, in fact, at the resumption of activities after the pandemic, never appeared as convincing and centered as last year’s finale. He will certainly have to regain awareness and concentration to accomplish what would be a great sporting feat.
Alexander Zverev’s last weeks, leaving aside the off-pitch situations, have been really positive. The ’97 class has gradually regained confidence and awareness after coming close to winning the US Open and is a candidate to reach the end of the tournament.
For detachment, the tennis player of the year: determination, competitive malice, intensity, desire to emerge. Rublev has decided that he no longer wants to be the shadow of the other highest-rated Russian and has strung together a series of titles to become the most successful of the current season. It is certainly the outsider to keep an eye on.
“El Peque” deservedly took the last slot available among the best. With all due respect for our Matteo Berrettini (present in London as a reserve), the Argentine has shown solidity and an important growth, even if it is difficult to imagine him in the final stages of the tournament.
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