Djokovic risks his place among the ATP Finals last four: the scenarios

The defeat against Jannik Sinner complicates the Serbian champion's path towards the semifinals of the year-end Masters

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Djokovic risks his place among the ATP Finals last four: the scenarios
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The four places available for the semi-finals of the Nitto ATP Finals are yet to be decided, especially after Jannik Sinner's victory against Novak Djokovic, yesterday. With two victories in as many matches, Sinner is not yet certain of reaching the semi-finals of the tournament, which are taking place at the PalaAlpitour in Turin.

The challenge between the Italian tennis player and the Danish Holger Rune, on the last day of their group, will be decisive. Sinner has never beaten Rune in his career, but the young Italian will not necessarily need a victory to obtain a place among the best four tennis players of the year-end Masters.

The Italian only needs to win one set to be certain of qualifying.

Djokovic, Sinner, Rune: who will reach the semifinals?

Djokovic will have to face the Polish Hubert Hurkacz, who will replace the injured Stefanos Tsitsipas.

To be sure of qualification, Nole needs to win in two sets, otherwise the situation would be more complicated for him. Sinner would also qualify with Novak Djokovic's victory in three sets. With another success, the Italian is certain to top the group in first place.

But if the Dane won the match in three sets and Djokovic won his match in two sets, it would be the percentage of games won that would determine the two qualifiers. A dangerous scenario that would be best avoided, for everyone.

Djokovic does not get to the semi-final if he loses at least one set against Hurkacz and, at the same time, Rune beats Sinner. The fight for the last place in their group promises to be exciting. The last day will be complicated for the three tennis players who still dream of qualifying.

Sinner is the closest to achieving the dream, but each of them will have the chance to qualify. Below you can see all the combinations that allow the tennis players involved in the fight to qualify for the semifinals:

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