The ATP Finals will start on Sunday, the last act of a troubled season and, obviously due to pandemic, completely different from the others. The eight strongest tennis players in the world this season will be present at the Nitto Atp Finals, which will be held in England, and thanks to the surface the favorite to raise the title is world number one Novak Djokovic.
The Serbian's goal, in addition to winning the title, is to knock Roger Federer off and thus win six crowns in this exciting tournament. Djokovic is in constant competition with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and as he himself has repeated several times, he will try to hoard records until the end of his career.
Djokovic will start his journey on Monday in the first round of the Tokyo 1970 Group and starts as the absolute and undisputed favorite of the Group. Nole has a favorable balance against all three players with whom she shares the group.
Against the rookie of the tournament, the Argentine Diego Schwartzman, leads the direct discounts with a clear 5 to 0. The last great precedent between the two was in the Final in Rome where Djokovic won despite the attitude of the opponent on clay.
Before the tournament, Djokovic gave an exclusive interview in which he described his journey in the previous ATP Finals. Interestingly, the Serbian legend even recalled his famous match against Roger Federer in the finals of the ATP Finals 2012.
Djokovic on his famous final match against Roger Federer
“Well, it was a very close match with Roger Federer and I won in straight sets. But, there was I think 7-6, 7-5, just very few points and shots decided the winner of that match.
On that match point, he was coming into the net. He was dictating the play of that point. But, somehow I managed to squeeze past him,” revealed the World No.1. Novak Djokovic also felt proud that he had some really great and exciting matches against some great players at the ATP Finals.
“Over the years, I had some thrilling matches here with Roger, Rafa, with Andy, and also with the young guys coming in,” added a cheerful Djokovic. “We had different winners actually, which was great to see.
You know, Dimitrov, Tsitsipas, Zverev, Andy and so we have four different winners last four years. I think it’s wonderful for the game,” concluded the 17-time Grand Slam winner. “The [Nitto] ATP Finals is probably the biggest event that we have in our sport,” he said.
“It’s probably the ultimate challenge in a season: facing the top eight guys of the year in a group stage format… it’s one of the most special events that we have in our sport”. He’ll be the prohibitive favourite to win the tournament and to prevail in his opening match Monday afternoon against Diego Schwartzman, a first-time qualifier who is 0-5 lifetime against the Serb.
But meticulous Djokovic knows that the Argentine has been red h*t and is taking nothing for granted. “He never played on this court but that probably is kind of releasing him from any pressure that he has to do well,” said Djokovic, 33.
“Diego is in great form this year, it’s been the best season of his life, he deserves to be part of this tournament. I have lots of respect for him, he’s a fierce competitor [and] one of the quickest players on the Tour”.