London is ready to welcome the eight finalists of the Race at the O2 Arena for the 50th edition of the ATP Finals, the last men's tournament of the season before the Davis Cup final. The eight protagonists qualified for the Master are: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Daniil Medvedev , Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Matteo Berrettini.
They will be so divided: in the Group Andre Agassi there will be Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas. In the Group Björn Borg there will feature Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem and Matteo Berrettini.
It will be a very special edition, on which there will be a great unknown: the physical conditions of Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard is trying to recover after the injury and his presence remains in doubt. Rafa has never won the ATP Finals, the last missing piece of a glorious career.
He will have a chance to win if he arrives in London in physical shape, but at the moment there are doubts. Among the other three, Medvedev is definitely the favorite to reach the semi-finals. The Russian is in great shape and he could emulate what was done by Dimitrov and Zverev in the last two editions.
He is the only real outsider for the final victory after Djokovic and Federer. Very few chances for Zverev and Tsitsipas after their disastrous season. Djokovic is looking for the record. Should he win the title he would reach 6 victories, like Federer, today the recorman of the Finals.
Considering the physical conditions of Nadal and the moment of Federer the real favorite for the final victory is precisely Djokovic. The Serb, champion at the Rolex Paris Masters, could end a great year this year and take back the throne of men's tennis.
Federer will have his chances even if we now know that the Swiss Maestro suffers Djokovic above all mentally, as we have seen in recent years. A chronic disorder that does not seem to have a cure. But Federer will have to take advantage of every opportunity granted by his rival if he wants to come back to win a tournament that has been missing since 2011.
Dominic Thiem can qualify for the semi-finals but will depend a lot on Federer, against whom the qualification will be played. Few chances for Berrettini, despite the great season. The Italian, with the historical qualification for the ATP Finals has already reached a great goal.
Will he be able to further excite and amaze us? ATP FINALS PREVIEW - PERCENTAGES: Novak Djokovic 60% Rafael Nadal 25% Roger Federer 15% Outsider: Daniil Medvedev