There hasn’t been that much hype about the last tennis tournament of the year, the Nitto ATP Finals.
This could be that the competition hasn’t generated enough buzz to get the attention of many. The surge in COVID-19 cases could also be another reason why the tournament has not captured as much attention as it used to.
Well, if you didn’t know, now you know better.
The ATP Finals, which usually features the best of the best playing against each other, started earlier this week. And the games are set to continue over the next week, thereabout. It may not be a Grand Slam. But this particular tournament is not devoid of its own fair share of surprise results.
The game between Dominic Thiem and Rafa Nadal served up a two-hour-long contest. Both sets dragged along into tie breakers, with Thiem registering a win over second-ranked Nadal. The Austrian now tops Group London, which also has players like Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev in it.
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In the group stage of the tournament, all players are expected to play three games.
In the other group, Group Tokyo, two men have dominated so far – even though they’ve only played one game. World No. 1, Novak Djokovic did not need a third set in his game against Schwartzman. His clean sweep over the Argentine lasted only 77 minutes.
No doubt, the Serbian is one of the favorites to go all the way in this competition, and probably win it. The reason is not far-fetched. Apart from being the No. 1 seed in this tournament, he has reached the final of this particular tournament six times in the past decade. Says a lot about his familiarity with the competition.
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Of the six games played in the tournament so far, only two have needed a third set to separate both players. And two of those games has involved the Greek player, Stefano Tsitsipas. He has won one and lost one. But he needs to do better to stand any chance of retaining the title he won last year.
Speaking of winning titles, this is one of the titles in tennis that has eluded Rafa Nadal. And you can bet that he is looking forward to adding this elusive one to his trophy cabinet. The closest the Spaniard has come to lifting this trophy was in 2010 and 2013, falling short in the final.
Djokovic and Medvedev may have won their first games in their group. However, there’s still a lot of deciding to do as to which two players will make it out of the group alive.
As the ATP Finals continue, which of these players do you think will make it to the final and win it? Which player will end 2020 on a high? Drop your comments below.