Nick Kyrgios is giving a slight edge to Novak Djokovic against Carlos Alcaraz as the Australian thinks the Serb's ATP Finals experience could be the deciding factor in today's matchup. Today in Turin, world No 1 Djokovic and second-ranked Alcaraz will be clashing off in the semifinal.
Both Djokovic and Alcaraz went 2-1 in the group stage. But Djokovic has numerous appearances in the knockout stages at the ATP Finals, while 20-year-old Alcaraz is making his debut at the season-ending tournament. Kyrgios may be giving a slight edge to Djokovic but highlighted that Alcaraz could definitely end on the winning side. "I think I'm going to lean slightly towards Novak just because he has won this event so many times and he has got that experience.
But Alcaraz is more than capable of doing it today. (The performance) against Medvedev definitely boosted his confidence. You can look for him to be the aggressor and play on instinct and have and enjoy," Kyrgios said on Tennis Channel.
Kyrgios gives a slight edge to Djokovic against Alcaraz
When Djokovic and Alcaraz meet in Turin, it will be their fifth meeting.
Going into the match, their head-to-head is tied to two wins apiece. This year, Djokovic beat Alcaraz in the French Open semifinal and also in the Cincinnati Masters final, while the Spaniard's lone win of the year against the Serb came in the Wimbledon final. "Well, it's one of the most difficult challenges I'm going to face.
Facing Novak in the Nitto ATP Finals, a tournament he has won six times, obviously Novak is Novak. He is the best player in the world right now. He just lost six matches this year. That means he is unbelievable. I'm gonna play my best tennis and I'm gonna enjoy it the same way I have been doing these past matches. I'm excited to face Novak," Alcaraz said of facing Djokovic.