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At the time of writing, the ATP Tour finals are just a few weeks away. Scheduled to kick-off on November 14th in Turin, it’s pretty amazing that the final tournament spots have not yet been decided. Currently, six guys have qualified – Djokovic, Medvedev, Berrettini, Rublev, Zverev, and Tsitsipas, leaving two more spots open for taking. In my opinion, it’s going to be a blockbuster event, and it could prove quite influential going into the 21/22 season!
I’m already super excited about the event, as I’m sure you might be too. So let’s get started and look at who could lift the title in a few weeks time.
Contenders for the title and why
I don’t yet know who will grab the final two spots and qualify for the event, but to be honest, I think there are only three potential winners:
Medvedev is arguably the best player in the world right now. He has recently enjoyed a major breakthrough by winning the US Open and ending the prospect of Djokovic winning the Calendar Slam. And when you watch the way he plays, it’s just extraordinary. He has an awesome serve, a great forehand, a solid backhand, and his intelligence on the court often doesn’t get enough credit.
Of course, he also won the 2020 ATP Finals, beating Djokovic, Nadal, and Thiem in the process – the top 3 players in the world at the time!
Zverev is an absolute powerhouse, and he is no stranger to glory at the end of year Masters. He managed to win the title in 2018, beating Roger Federer in the semi-finals followed by Novak Djokovic in the finals. Much like Medvedev above, this was a huge breakthrough for Zverev, and he showed that he has what it takes to beat the big guys on a major stage. Zverev has improved substantially since this 2018 triumph too, which makes him all the more dangerous for this year’s event.
If he serves well, he will be amazingly tough to beat on an indoor hard court too, especially with the huge groundstrokes that he has at his disposal.
Come on – I couldn’t league arguably the greatest of all time out of this list could I? Djokovic has enjoyed an unbelievable year, winning three Grand Slams and losing the final of the fourth, the US Open. He has now levelled both Nadal and Federer on 20 Grand Slams, and it’s just incredible how his level of tennis seems to keep getting better. He is a major threat on any surface, anywhere in the world, and he will no doubt be hungry to add to his 2021 trophy cabinet.
With that said, Djokovic hasn’t managed to win the ATP Finals since 2015, losing in the final twice since then. Then again, I wouldn’t want to bet against him this year, not with the form that he has shown all season long. If he plays up to his potential in Turin, he could easily win the trophy for an unbelievable 6th time.