Djokovic leads star solid at ATP Finals

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Djokovic leads star cast at ATP Finals


In these straitened instances prize cash has additionally been slashed from final 12 months’s whole pot of $9 million to $5.7 million with an undefeated champion to pocket $1.56 million in comparison with the $2.6 million Tsitsipas earned regardless of shedding one round-robin match.

Not that money would be the motivator for world primary Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and debutants Andrey Rublev and Diego Schwartzman when the match’s fiftieth version begins on Sunday.

Serbian Djokovic, 33, is assured to finish the 12 months as primary for a sixth time, equalling Pete Sampras’s file.

World number one Novak Djokovic.

World primary Novak Djokovic. Credit score:AP

However the final of his 5 titles on the year-ender got here in 2015 and, after his latest default within the U.S. Open and thrashing by Nadal within the French Open closing, he might be keen to place the 12 months to mattress with a robust assertion.

Djokovic, denied the possibility to defend his Wimbledon title this 12 months when it was cancelled for the primary time since World Battle II, can match the absent Roger Federer’s six ATP Finals titles. Nadal, extremely, nonetheless awaits his first.

The Spanish 20-times Grand Slam champion has a comparatively mediocre file within the occasion, his greatest runs being two runner-up finishes in London in 2010 and 2013.

His final two appearances led to round-robin stage exits.

Rafael Nadal en route to victory in the French Open final last month.

Rafael Nadal en path to victory within the French Open closing final month. Credit score:AP

“After all I wished to win the match, however it’s at all times tough,” Nadal, who has by no means had the good thing about contesting it on his favoured clay, stated.

After the domination of Federer and Djokovic, who gained 11 of the 13 editions between 2003 and 2015, the final three years in London has seen first-time winners in Grigor Dimitrov, Zverev and Tsitsipas and that sequence may proceed.

Austrian world quantity three Thiem, the U.S. Open champion, was runner-up in 2019 and would like to cement his breakthrough 12 months by successful essentially the most prestigious title outdoors of the 4 Grand Slams.

Dominic Thiem.

Dominic Thiem.Credit score:Getty Photos

Medvedev, who might be joined this 12 months by fellow Russian Rublev, additionally seems a superb guess after warming up in model by successful final week’s Paris Masters, though on his debut final 12 months he misplaced all three of his round-robin matches.

“Hopefully I can get some wins. I’ve no different purpose than simply to get some wins,” Medvedev, who misplaced to Nadal on the O2 final 12 months regardless of main 5-1 within the deciding set, stated.

Rublev could possibly be harmful too, having gained 5 titles this 12 months, greater than another participant. Whereas Schwartzman just lately cracked the highest 10 for the primary time on the age of 28.

Reuters

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