Another treat for the tennis fans – the ATP World Tour Finals are here! It’s time to see who can take the last big title of the year: and it is going to be tough. Eight best players of the world will compete for the chance at becoming the victor at this prestigious tournament but only one will triumph. Let’s take a look at who’s the most likely to win!
1. Novak Djokovic
Well, obviously. The world’s no. 1 played incredibly well all year, hasn’t gotten injured, and is quite clearly at the top of his form. This is why the TonyBet bookies have given him the odds of 1/2 at winning this tournament – Novak Djokovic is a proper force of nature.
Not a lot of players can present a real threat to the Serb. He’s coming out of this season with a ridiculous 80/6 win-loss record, and on top of that, he’s mostly been playing on hard surface that is also used in the ATP World Tour Finals.
Djokovic is coming back as a defending champion, but it’s nothing he hasn’t seen before – the Serb will be defending the title for the third time in a row. In fact, if he takes it again this year, he’ll break the record for most consecutive ATP World Tours won.
However, brilliant as he is, Djokovic is not entirely impossible to defeat. His win-loss record on hard surface against the contenders he is going to face in the upcoming tournament is a much more modest 28/9 – although it’s still the best of the lot. Djokovic’s chances at triumphing once again are excellent and his opponents are in for a tough challenge.
2. Roger Federer
If anyone can challenge the brilliant Novak Djokovic, it’s the world’s no. 2 Roger Federer. However, the TonyBet bookies have less faith in his potential victory, having valued it at the odds of 33/10, and it’s fair enough, considering the competition is literally the best current tennis players.
Federer has won this tournament numerous times before – in fact, his six victories are the most anyone has ever managed at the ATP World Tour. The last time he triumphed though was in 2011, and then Djokovic kept happening.
As luck has it, Federer will have to go against the Serb in the group stage already, as they’ve been drawn together along with Tomas Berdych and Kei Nishikori. It’s not a very good combination for the Swiss, as this means that in order to win, he’ll probably have to go against Djokovic more than once.
However, Federer has managed to best the Serb before – just this year, they’ve met six times and it ended in the Swiss’ victory twice. He has had a good season, too, having achieved a 59/10 win loss record and on top of that, he has a pretty brilliant 26/6 record against his upcoming contenders on hard surface.
Out of these six losses that Federer suffered against the World Tour finalists, four were to none other than Djokovic. Whilst that fact shouldn’t be an obstacle towards advancement to the semi-finals, the world’s no. 1 is pretty much the biggest trouble for the Swiss and it’s the match – or the matches – against him that will decide his fate in this tournament.
3. Andy Murray
Now the third favourite to win the title is Andy Murray. Were he to triumph in the ATP World Tour Finals, it would make for his debut victory – although the TonyBet bookies are not too optimistic at this happening: Murray’s odds at winning the tournament are 9/1.
The world’s no. 3 is keeping busy, and he has the Davis Cup finals coming up where he is representing Great Britain in the finals. Will the Scot’s mind be on that, considering that it’s been 79 years since they last managed to win this tournament, making the potential triumph a truly historic one?
Even though the Davis Cup finals are only on November 27-29, they will be played on clay after the rigorous hard-surface ATP Finals. According to Murray, that can take a serious toll on his body and should he feel that his fitness is compromised, he would pull out of the ATP tournament.
Assuming everything goes well and he goes on to play, his chances don’t look bad at all. He’s been drawn into a group with Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal, and David Ferrer, which is brilliant for Murray as he does struggle to win against Federer and doesn’t seem to be able to get the better of Djokovic.
Murray’s season is looking good this far, and he’s sporting a pretty impressive 73/12 win-loss record. Still, his record on hard surface against the upcoming contenders looks much worse at 9/13, but most of these losses were awarded to him by the players he will only meet later on, which could turn out to be an advantage.
At the moment, Murray’s chances at winning the tournament look considerably worse than the two previous players’, however, this would not be an impossible feat for him. It will depend quite a lot on how his opponents in another group will perform and whether he will be able to overcome the world’s no. 1 and no. 2 should he meet them in the semis.
The ATP World Tour Finals will be held on November 15-22, and they begin in a group stage with players participating in round-robin matches, essentially meaning that they face each of the contenders in their group.
Group Stan Smith consists of Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych, Roger Federer, and Kei Nishikori, and Group Ilie Nastase – of Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, and David Ferrer.
The tournament goes on to the semi-finals and finals, which is when we will find out who is the champion. Only the best players are participating, so be sure to tune in for some top-quality tennis!