ATP Finals 2020 groups speak clearly: Alexander Zverev, Diego Schwartzman and Daniil Medvedev are with Novak Djokovic, while Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev with Rafa Nadal. And this year-end Master could be a clutch moment for the Serb and the Spaniard.
By winning, Djokovic could become the most successful player in the Finals, along with Roger Federer (6 titles). By winning, Nadal would complete his trophy collection, winning the only major title still missing from his record book, earning a historic success (all Slams, gold medal in men's singles and men's doubles).
Nole, after the bad defeat in Vienna against Lorenzo Sonego, will face Medvedev and Zverev, the two finalists of the ATP Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy and also Diego Schwartzman, in thre Group Tokyo 1970. In the Group London 2020, Rafael Nadal will have players with a different shape state between them, therefore an even more insidious task from this point of view.
Nadal has not won an indoor hardcourt tournament since 2005 and has not reached the final in the year-end Master since 2013. Djokovic appears in a moment of not very convincing shape. After the victory at the Western and Southern Open, in the Flushing Meadows bubble, he went through three very negative moments: the disqualification at the US Open, the beating in the Roland Garros final against Nadal and the brutal defeat against Sonego.
The Serb will want to raise my head in London.
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Zverev is going through a very difficult personal moment, but on the court he has made progress on hard-courts in the last two months, making the final in New York and at the Rolex Paris Masters.
Medvedev, after the victory in Paris-Bercy, could be one of the protagonists in London, as well as Schwartzman. The Argentinian could be the real outsider of the tournament, along with Rublev. Right in Nadal's group, in a tournament bewitched by the Spaniard, his most credited rival could be the Russian, the protagonist of a fantastic season.
Unlike Stefanos Tsitsipas, defending champion but in serious technical and physical difficulty in 2020. After the victory at Flushing Meadows, Thiem's performances also dropped in level. Djokovic could be the favorite, but Nadal, on the wings of enthusiasm after the 20 Major in Bois de Boulogne, could channel all the energy to win the last major title of his amazing collection.
Some chances for Zverev and Medvedev, few for Tsitsipas. To evaluate Thiem The fifty edition of the Finals, which will obviously coincide with the last stage of a surreal season, will obviously be played behind closed doors.
And it will be played in London for the last time. The Finals, from 2021, will move to Turin and will remain there until 2025. The big absentee of this edition is Roger Federer, who has skipped the most of the season due to double surgery on his right knee.
The Swiss Maestro will come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, in Melboure. This year, due to the Global Pandemic, only three Majors were played: the Australian Open, won by Novak Djokovic, the US Open, won by Dominic Thiem and the Roland Garros, won by Rafael Nadal.
ATP FINALS PERCENTAGES Novak Djokovic 40% Rafael Nadal 30% Daniil Medvedev 15% Alexander Zverev 15% Outsiders: Andrey Rublev and Dego Schwartzman