Nov 16, 2021
Nov 16, 2021

ATP Finals 2021 preview

Who is taking part in the ATP Finals?

Who is the favourite to win the ATP Finals?

How do the ATP Finals work?

ATP Finals stats and odds

ATP Finals 2021 preview

This year's ATP Finals get underway on November 14, as the world's best male tennis players face off to try and win one of the most prestigious titles in the sport. Who are the favourites? Read on to find out.

How do the ATP Finals work?

The ATP Finals is a tennis tournament contested by the seven best players in the ATP rankings and either the next best player who has won a Grand Slam in the last year or the eighth best player in the ATP rankings if this does not apply.

The eight players are split into two groups, with the top two players in each group progressing into the semi-finals. The two semi-final winners will then contest the final on November 21. Turin in Italy is hosting the tournament for the first time, after the O2 Arena in London had been the venue for the last 11 years.

Who are the favourites to win the ATP Finals?

ATP Finals odds

Player

Odds

Novak Djokovic

2.290*

Daniil Medvedev

3.480*

Alexander Zverev

5.640*

Andrey Rublev

8.210*

Stefanos Tsitsipas

23.590*

Hurbert Hurkacz

26.680*

Casper Ruud

29.760*

Matteo Berrettini

42.070*

Novak Djokovic (2.290*) is the top seed going into the ATP Tour Finals and the strong favourite to claim the title, which would be his sixth ATP Tour title of the year. The Serbian is over 3,000 points ahead of his nearest rival in the singles rankings and will be determined to win his sixth ATP Tour Finals title.

Surprisingly, Djokovic last won this tournament back in 2015 and has twice lost in the final since then – in 2016 to Andy Murray and then in 2018 to Alexander Zverev.

If everything goes according to the form book, Daniil Medvedev (3.480*) and Djokovic should battle it out in the final and the Russian might just have the edge. The man from Moscow has won four of their last seven matches, including a straight-sets victory over the world number one in the recent US Open final.

Medvedev has been in excellent form on the hard-court circuit since October, with the second seed reaching at least the semi-finals in four of his last five tournaments.

Who is competing in the ATP Finals?

Wimbledon and French Open champion Djokovic heads up the Green Group and is a strong favourite to progress to the last four. The top seed is paired alongside world number four Stefanos Tsitsipas (seeded fourth), Andrey Rublev (seeded fifth), and Norwegian debutant Casper Rudd (seeded eighth).

Djokovic has a 6-2 win-loss head-to-head record against Greek ace Tsitsipas and has won their last five meetings. The favourite is yet to face Russian Rublev in an ATP event, whilst he boasts two victories, including Monday’s 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 win, over Rudd.

The Red Group looks the tighter of the two pools, with second seed Daniil Medvedev up against Alexander Zverev (third seed), Matteo Berrettini (sixth seed), and Hubert Hurkacz (seventh seed).

US Open champion Medvedev looks the man to beat in this group, especially considering his recent record against world number three Zverev. The two players have faced each other on 10 previous occasions, with five wins each but Medvedev has won their last four meetings, including a straight-sets win at the Paris Masters earlier this month.

The 25-year-old has 2-1 win-loss record over Poland’s Hurkacz and a 2-0 win-loss head-to-head record over Berrettini, although the Italian could be replaced due to injury. Berrettini was forced to retire, due to an abdominal injury, following the opening set of his first group game with Zverev and fellow Italian Jannik Sinner is on standby to replace him.

Odds subject to change

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