The draw for the ATP Finals in Turin is out, with eight players battling it out for 1500 ATP points and a title. Rafael Nadal and Stephen Tsitsipas are the top seeds leading the green and red teams. World no. 2 Nadal to make a deep run and chase down Carlos Alcaraz at year-end no.
1 War, like Stephen Tsitsipas. Rafa will face Casper Ruud, Felix Auger-Aliasime and Taylor Fritz in the Green Group with his eyes on a seventh ATP Finals semi-final and a better run than the last two tournaments.
Rudd is the weakest indoor player of the eight, but Nadal will need his best tennis to beat Auger-Aliassime and Fritz. The Red Group is filled with three former champions led by Novak Djokovic! Novak will face Stephanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev and Andrei Rublev, who are guaranteed a last four appearance in thrilling matches.
Novak is very popular, but the competitors try to spoil the party and chase important points. In last year’s final, Alexander Zverev dethroned Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 15 minutes to win his second ATP Finals title in four years.
Zverev beat Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals to win the Russian’s first title after five straight losses. Alexander served 74% and dropped 13 points in ten service games to avoid break points.
Medvedev failed to follow that pace, facing four break points and breaking once in each set to surrender the title to his younger rival and suffer his first ATP Finals loss after a nine-game winning streak.
Rafael Nadal will face Auger-Aliasime, Rudd and Fritz in Turin.
Daniel started the game at love to get his name on the scoreboard before Alexander brought home the second game.
The German followed a lucky net rope winner to break at 15 in the third game to hold 3-1 at love in ten minutes. Medvedev struggled to find a stroke and faced another break in the 5th game. He saved it and forced Zverev’s error to stay within a one-break deficit.
The German brought home the eighth game with a forehand winner, firing off three winners 5-4 to wrap up the opening set in just 32 minutes. Thanks to an early error, Medvedev was broken early in the second set and Alexander consolidated the break with another powerful serve in the next.
The German netted a short backhand winner to make it 3-1 in the fourth game. Daniel reached deuce on the return in the sixth game with Formeda’s winner before Iskandar planted two winners to bring it home and stay in front.
Zverev held on at 15 in the 8th game and won the match at 5-4 for his second ATP Finals title and a perfect finish to the season.