The ATP Finals is one of the most anticipated tennis tournaments in a calendar year.
Matter-of-factly, it is the second highest category of men’s tennis tournament. Featuring the biggest names, it ranks just right after the four Grand Slams.
For a week, the biggest names in the ATP will battle it out for a shot at glory at the O2 Arena. The tourney has already begun and the final game will be played on the 18th of this month.
In the singles category of the tournament, the players have been grouped into two categories.
In Group Lleyton Hewitt, we have Roger Federer, Kevin Anderson, Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori. In Group Gustavo Kuerten, we have Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and John Isner.
As we look forward to the remaining games, how about a recap of what has happened in the tourney so far?
Roger Federer and Kevin Anderson have qualified
In each group, each player or team competes in three group matches, with the top two from each group going through to the semi-finals. In Group Hewitt, these three games have been played by each player.
And as it stands, Roger Federer, with 2 wins and one loss (to Kevin Anderson) qualified top of the group. In second place, the South African Kevin Anderson also made the final cut. The last group games in Group Kuerten will be played today.
The pair have face each other 18 times, with Djokovic winning 16 times.
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The unbeaten one
Throughout the two groups, only one player has yet to taste defeat since the tournament began. After Roger Federer’s shock loss to Kevin Anderson, it was expected that the tourney will be one full of surprises. But Novak Djokovic, at least until now, has made every game look normal.
After dispatching off John Isner 6-4, 6-3, the Serbian made light work of the German teenager, Alexander Zverev, 6-4, 6-1. It remains to be seen whether he will finish the group unbeaten or not. He is also the only player in the tournament yet to drop a set.
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In Group Kuerten, the permutations are quite clear. Novak Djokovic has secured a semi-final spot with his two wins. The two names competing for the other spot are Alexander Zverev and Marin Cilic.
On one hand, Alexander Zverev is set to face John Isner in the last round. This is a player he has defeated five times in their last six meetings. His chance of qualifying is definitely higher than that of Marin Cilic who has been defeated 16 times by his next opponent, Novak Djokovic.
But a surprise is not completely off the cards.
And when the group stage is done with, which player do you think will win the ATP Finals? Leave us your comments and share your thoughts with us.