Novak Djokovic vs. Carlos Alcaraz - Who gets better ATP Finals draw?

Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz are the top seeds at the premium ATP event in Turin

by Jovica Ilic
Novak Djokovic vs. Carlos Alcaraz - Who gets better ATP Finals draw?
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The defending ATP Finals champion Novak Djokovic must work hard to secure his seventh crown at the premium ATP event in Turin. World no. 1 leads the Green Group, facing Jannik Sinner, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Holger Rune in a battle for a place in the semi-final.

Carlos Alcaraz is the 2nd seed, leading the Red Group and meeting Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev and Alexander Zverev. Novak and Carlos are still battling for the year-end no. 1 honor, although the Serb needs only one win to cement his eighth year-end no.

1 crown. Djokovic secured his seventh Paris Masters title on Sunday, lifting his 40th Major and gathering a boost ahead of Turin. A 24-time Major will have to dig deep versus the opponents in his group, facing a former champion, the home favorite and one of his most formidable rivals on the Tour.

Sinner has had a great year, winning four titles in 2023 and entering the top-4.

Novak Djokovic will meet Sinner, Tsitsipas and Rune in Turin.

The Italian is eager to show his A-game in front of the home crowd in Turin, heading to the event ahead of his rivals and training hard.

Djokovic and Sinner met in the Wimbledon semi-final, and the Serb scored a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 triumph, preventing Jannik's first Major final. Novak and Jannik will play on the hard court for the first time, with the Serb earning the previous three wins on grass and clay.

Stefanos Tsitsipas comes to Turin with a single small title in 2023. However, the Greek had a couple of deep runs at notable events, including the Australian Open final, losing it to Djokovic in straight sets. Stefanos had the semi-final run in Antwerp, Vienna and Paris ahead of the ATP Finals, hoping for another good run at the event where he claimed the title four years ago at 21.

Novak has won the previous nine matches against Stefanos, including three on an indoor court in the closing stages of 2022. It should be interesting to see their next week's clash, with Djokovic starting as the favorite. Between Holger Rune and Alexander Zverev, Novak would have picked the German.

However, he has to battle against the Dane ten days after their thrilling Paris Masters quarter-final meeting. Djokovic prevailed in that one, and we should get another indoor thriller between two great rivals in Turin. Carlos Alcaraz has not played well after lifting his second Major crown at Wimbledon.

The Spaniard lost that legendary Cincinnati final to Djokovic, reaching no ATP finals since August. Struggling with injuries, Carlos comes to Turin with no form, and it will be challenging to overpower Medvedev, Rublev and Zverev and reach the semi-final at his ATP Finals debut.

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