This competition, which was first played in 1970 and changed its name five times, closes a year full of difficulties for the world tennis community. Let’s see how the eight finalists will arrive at the Turin tournament.
Djokovic remains favorite for 2023 Finals
The ATP Finals were held for the third consecutive year in Turin, which will host the last match of the tennis season until 2025. Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev, Jannik Sinner, Andrey Rublev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alpitour Zverev and Holger Rune will compete in Alexander Pala. The format is already known format: two-row group of fourThe top two places from each group qualify for the semi-finals. It is played over three sets, each with a tiebreak.
With the victory in the Paris Bercy tournament (for the record, the Masters 1000 is fraught with controversy due to organizational shortcomings) Novak Djokovic first of all won with almost mathematical certainty that: Finish 2023 at #1 in the rankings. The Serbian tennis player, who had a 1490-point advantage over Carlos Alcaraz, could lose the baton if the Spaniard won all five matches in Turin and became champion; instead, Djokovic was expected to lose all three matches in the group stage.
This is a difficult prospect to imagine, especially considering Novak Djokovic this year. won six of the eleven tournaments played (Among those calculated for the purposes of the competition) is to take a step away from the Grand Slam, which was dampened by the defeat against Carlos Alcaraz in the final at Wimbledon. Moreover, Djokovic, a fifteen-time Finals participant and six-time champion (last year last year), has lost all three group matches only once; In 2007, in his first appearance at the Finals in Shanghai, he lost to Rafa Nadal, David Ferrer and Richard Gasquet.
Precisely for all these reasons, the biggest favorite in 2023 when it comes to ATP Finals betting remains, without a doubt, the thirty-six-year-old Belgrade-born champion. The world No. 1 has only been defeated once since mid-May, when he lost to Rune in Rome in the Wimbledon final, as mentioned above. If the 2023 edition is also won, Novak player with multiple ATP Finals titles Seven in history, leaving Roger Federer, stuck at six.
Therefore, although there are great talents among the tennis players coming to Turin, especially from a perspective perspective, it is inevitable that the prediction will go in favor of Novak Djokovic. Right behind, the big one His form at the end of this seasonJannik Our Sinner is worth mentioning. At only 22 years old, the boy from San Candido seems to have finally found what he was looking for. turning point of your career In the season that was about to end, he scored in four tournaments, including the Canadian Masters 1000, and did not forget the Wimbledon semi-final.
Sinner, who has always shown great mental toughness and an extraordinary range of shots, seems to have worked with the new coaching staff above all else. tactical management of the matchas well as significantly improving the service. The results are there for all to see: Jannik is now ranked 4th in the world and has beaten Russia’s Medvedev twice in a few weeks, as well as Vienna and Beijing. Despite starting behind in terms of rankings, Sinner could be the surprise of the 2023 Nitto ATP Finals.
Alcaraz and Medvedev should not be underestimated
A quiet offseason could cause us to forget Carlos Alcaraz’s remarkable 2023. Djokovic’s main rival this seasonHe reached the semifinals at Roland Garros and the US Open, in addition to winning the Wimbledon tournament and the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Madrid, among others. At just 20 years old and with the determination that has marked his game, there is no doubt that the boy from Murcia will leave no stone unturned to win his first ATP Finals trophy.
Medvedev won the final against Dominic Thiem in London in 2020 and reached the final for the first time in Turin in 2021, losing 6-4, 6-4 to Zverev. However, he appeared in groups last year. Three consecutive defeats against Djokovic, Rublev and Tsitsipas. This is the best year of Medvedev’s career; with five titles including Rome, the final of the US Open and the semi-final of Wimbledon on the red court he never liked. Maybe he won’t win the tournament, but he can definitely go a long way.
Finally, Rublev, who achieved consistency in 2023 and won his first Masters 1000 trophy in Monte Carlo, deserves a mention. Alexander Zverev is back among the top ten players He said he made a change in the rankings after his serious injury in 2022 and won this tournament in Turin two years ago. Stefano Tsitsipas looks even further away; He is coming off a very disappointing season in which he won only one tournament (ATP 250 in Los Cabos, Mexico) and with Holger Rune reaching the Finals in his last breath, and like Tsitsipas he has only one ATP 250 on his board; He won the BMW Open in Munich in 2023.