ATP Finals: preview


From November 10 till November 17, the best tennis players on the ATP ranking play their final tournament to decide who’s best of the best. With all the usual suspects such as Federer and Nadal, along with young challengers like Tsitsipas and Berrettini, all in the mix, this tournament is sure to provide thrills and chills for tennis fanatics and sports bettors alike! Let’s take a closer look at the tournament and the players, and see if there’s any knowledge to be found that can help us place some clever bets…

The finals tournament

Traditionally, the ATP Finals mark the end of the ATP tennis season. This 2019 edition is the 50th anniversary edition of the men’s singles tournament. It is played on indoor hardcourts; in this instance, the tournament is held in the O2 Arena in London from November 10 till November 17. The eight top-ranked players qualify for the event, and these are split into 2 groups of 4 players (Group Andre Agassi and Group Björn Borg).

These 2 groups complete a round-robin, after which the 2 best finishers of each group meet the runners-up of the other group in a knockout round. All matches are best of 3 sets with tie-breaks in all sets. Last year’s edition was won by Germany’s rising star Alexander Zverev. With a final victory, only 2 players can lay claim to the number 1 in the ranking: current holder Rafael Nadal and current number 2 Novak Djokovic.

All year, players could collect points by participating through any number of ATP tournaments. The higher a player finishes a tournament, the more points he gets, and Grand Slams offer more points than other ATP tournaments. To illustrate a certain class difference: current number 1 Nadal played 12 tournaments and made it out with 9,585 points, while current number 8 Berrettini needed 24 tournaments to obtain a score of 2,670.

Players and stats

Rafael Nadal Age: 33 Rank: 1 Points: 9,585 Qualified: July 10

Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal had a season that knew its ups and downs. With a record-extending 12th Roland Garros win, and a 4th win in the US Open, he now tallies 19 grand slam titles. At the same time, some niggling injuries kept him out of the game for part of the year.

Bet on Nadal to win the ATP Finals @8.40!

Novak Djokovic Age: 32 Rank: 2 Points: 8,945 Qualified: July 14

2019 seems to have been a somewhat mediocre year overall for Serbian Novak Djokovic. With the Australian Open and Wimbledon, he may have added 2 grand slam titles to his record, but elsewhere, he exited smaller tournaments rather quickly and quietly…

Bet on Djokovic to win the ATP Finals @2.05!

Roger Federer Age: 38 Rank: 3 Points: 6,190 Qualified: August 27

Swiss veteran Roger Federer will remember 2019 as the year he celebrated his 100th career singles title victory. However, most of his points came from smaller tournaments: his best grand slam result was a Wimbledon final against rival Djokovic.

Bet on Federer to win the ATP Finals @9.80!

Daniil Medvedev Age: 23 Rank: 4 Points: 5,705 Qualified: September 3

Russian Daniil Medvedev seems to have kept a low profile when the prizes were high, and focused mainly on ATP Tour Masters 1000 events, winning 2, and 2 more in lower events. His final in the US Open was an interesting shot across the bow, though.

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Dominic Thiem Age: 26 Rank: 5 Points: 5,025 Qualified: October 5

With Dominic Thiem, we have a player who’s stepped out of the shadows into being a household name in international tennis for good this year. The Austrian solidified his reputation by attaining the final at Roland Garros and by winning at Indian Wells.

Bet on Thiem to win the ATP Finals @4.30!

Stefanos Tsitsipas Age: 21 Rank: 6 Points: 4,000 Qualified: October 11

Greece has found its young tennis god in Stefanos Tsitsipas. It’s his first time in the ATP Finals, and he has some remarkable credentials to back up his participation: 2 tournament victories, 3 final appearances and 5 semi-finals, including one in the Australian Open.

Bet on Tsitsipas to win the ATP Finals @6.20!

Alexander Zverev Age: 22 Rank: 7 Points: 2,945 Qualified: October 30

Germany’s Alexander Zverev, who returns for a third consecutive time this year. His year started with a slump which he corrected with a quarter-final at Roland Garros as his most striking result. Playing the final in the Shanghai Masters kept him in the race.

Bet on Zverev to win the ATP Finals @11.50!

Matteo Berrettini Age: 23 Rank: 8 Points: 2,670 Qualified: November 1

In Matteo Berrettini, Italy has finally found itself a reason to get excited about tennis for the first time in a long while. The Italian may be a fresh face in the ATP Finals, but did make a point with a noteworthy appearance in the semi-final in the US Open.

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