The Nitto ATP Finals enter the decisive phase of this first part of the tournament. On the fourth day, in fact, the challenges of the red group in singles and the green group in doubles will be staged: a defeat on this day could determine the exit of players or pairs of players from the tournament.
On the Wednesday of the final, opening the Pala Alpitour, as usual, there is a doubles match. At 11:30 a.m., clash at the summit for the two couples that lead the green group: Koolhof and Skupski will face Mektic and Pavic, winners of the last direct clash, also in Italy, on the clay of Rome.
The protagonists of the match at 2:00 p.m. are also at stake for first place in the group: Novak Djokovic against Andrey Rublev. The Serb is seeking a second semi-final at the finals in Turin, while the Russian wants to advance to the next round for the first time in his three appearances at the tournament.
For the Slam champion there is still the "taste" of revenge: it was Russia's number two who snatched the home trophy from him in April this year. Not before 18:30, the green pool of the doubles tournament continues. Last call for the two pairs on court: Dodig and Krajicek will have to bring home a win against Kokkinakis and Kyrgios if they are to have any hope.
A Kyrgios who, however, complained at the press conference about his preparation for this tournament and the fatigue that afflicts him at this point in the season: "The schedule is brutal for Australians. We have to make 56-hour trips to each tournament.
We only spend two months of the year in Australia; the other six. My energy levels are pretty low. I wouldn't mind moving on, but I'm looking forward to going home."
Djokovic praises Alcaraz
Novak Djokovic has no qualms about Carlos Alcaraz securing the year-ending No.
1 rank. "He [Carlos Alcaraz] deserves it. No doubt about it. I don't want to go into discussion what if I played less or more, whatever. It is what it is. Reality is that he's No. 1. He deserves to be there. He won a Slam. He won many matches in tournaments.
He's I think a great new face and a player for our sport. He's a very nice guy. Works very hard. Has a good team of people around him. Represents himself and tennis in a good way. I find only the positive things to say about him."