We’re posting ATP Finals predictions throughout the season-ending showpiece, as the sport’s top stars fight it out at the O2 Arena, and have a 3/1 Friday double.
The year’s eight best singles players are taking part in a battle of the generations in London and we’ve already had plenty of thrills and spills.
Rafael Nadal to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 2-0 @ 11/10
Never write off Nadal was the resounding message from his incredible win over Daniil Medvedev on Wednesday and the Spaniard is now fancied to kick on and book a place in the semis.
In a rematch of September’s marathon US Open final, Nadal came from 5-1 and match point down to sink Medvedev 6-7 6-3 7-6 in two hours 44 minutes.
After describing it as a “one in 1,000” triumph, Nadal declared: “I created that pressure on him and then, of course, he made a couple of mistakes, but I think I played a good tie-break, too.”
Roger Federer’s subsequent success against Novak Djokovic was another reminder of the resilience that the sport’s golden oldies manage to display time and time again.
That result also confirmed Nadal will end the year as world number one, giving him the freedom to now open up and cut loose against Tsitsipas.
The Greek ace has already secured his place in the last four and we saw how Dominic Thiem suffered a dip in intensity when in the same situation versus Matteo Berrettini.
A fired-up Nadal insisted: “Tsitsipas is a great player with a lot of energy and he’s having an amazing season. It will be a tough one, but I know I need to win that one.”
Nadal has lost only one of five past encounters with Tsitsipas and all four of his wins came in straight sets!
Alexander Zverev to beat Daniil Medvedev @ 19/20
Both of these players must recover from disappointing defeats on Wednesday, but Medvedev may be more mentally scarred by the manner of his loss to Nadal.
During the Spaniard’s fightback, hot-headed Russian Medvedev promptly unravelled, with the 23-year-old sarcastically applauding his coaching team as his opponent hauled back game after game.
Medvedev may take heart from the fact that he played well for much of that match and a 7-6 6-4 loss to Tsitsipas, but it is more likely he will already be thinking about an upcoming winter break.
Defending champion Zverev put in a flat performance when going down 6-3 6-2 to Tsitsipas, but still controls his own destiny, having previously beaten Nadal.
The German said: “There are a lot of things that I did not do great and I have to change that to have a chance on Friday.
“But things are still in my hands and I’m looking forward to it, because I can still decide whether I’m here on Saturday or not.”
It is worth remembering that Zverev suffered a heavy defeat in his second round-robin match 12 months ago but picked himself up to go on and lift the trophy.
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