The countdown is getting shorter and shorter, with a few days of waiting for the official opening of the curtain. On Sunday 14 November the Nitto Atp Finals will definitively begin at the PalaAlpiTour in Turin: a truly prestigious tournament, which will take place in Italy, reserved exclusively for the best eight tennis players in the world in the 'Race' ranking (only the points collected by the players in the current season count.
). On Thursday evening, the highly anticipated draw of the two groups took place, which established the pairing for the first part of the competition. The formula has not changed: after a round robin, in which each participant will play three races (the winner gets 2 points; the loser none), the first two of each group will snatch the pass for the next phase, which will consist of a semifinal and then in the final for the awarding of the crown.
Matteo Berrettini is the blue sure to take part in the prestigious appointment, given that Jannik Sinner will be 'only' the first reserve. The Italian was not very lucky with the assignment of the groups, even if it was particularly difficult to have a favorable draw for the passage of the round, considering the high value of the tennis players at the starting line.
The 25-year-old from Rome avoided the immediate crossing with Novak Djokovic, consequently taking Russian Daniil Medvedev. In addition, the German Olympic champion Alexander Zverev and the Polish Hubert Hurkacz are present in the red group.
Surely, and there was no doubt about this, 'The Hammer' will have to fight hard to get a sensational qualification for the semifinal, given the excellent performances of its rivals on hard courts. He will present himself as the man to beat Nole, fresh from the victory in the Paris-Bercy Master 1000 and eager to get another satisfaction in this splendid 2021 (to be framed).
The Serbian was perhaps a bit of an advantage: with him in the 'green' group will be the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (his participation confirmed), the Russian Andrey Rublev and the tough Norwegian Casper Ruud.
Woodbridge comments on Djokovic
Todd Woodbridge expects Novak Djokovic to be present in Melbourne in January to defend his Australian Open title, despite uncertainty over the Serb's vaccination status.
“I think given what’s on the line, it would be amazing if he didn’t turn up. Yeah, I do think he’ll play,” Woodbridge said on Thursday. “[If Djokovic doesn't play], it would be his own personal statement in a sense of what he believes in."
If Djokovic does ultimately choose to forego the Australian Open, however, Woodbridge feels it would create a bigger problem in the grand scheme of things. “I don’t think Australia’s going to be the only issue for him moving forward.
It’s more about how does the rest of the year play out if that (not playing) were to happen,” Woodbridge continued.