ATP Men’s Singles Finals – Friday Preview + Tips
Who? Rafael Nadal vs Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev vs Alexander Zverev the final round robin matches of Group Andre Agassi at the ATP Tour Finals 2019
Where? O2 Arena, London
When? 14:00 and 20:00 GMT, Friday 15th November 2019 (Live on Amazon Prime Video)
Rafael Nadal vs Stefanos Tsitsipas
The World Number 1 is facing the unbeaten Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first match of the day.
Rafa suffered a shock opening defeat to German Alexander Zverev but has bounced back against Russian Daniil Medvedev to have one point in the group. His fantastic comeback in the third set has kept his tournament chances alive, however he sits on a game difference of -3 and a set difference of -1 heading into this one. Even if he beats Tsitsipas, it might not be enough to progress. A win for Alexander Zverev over Daniil Medvedev might seal the second and last qualification spot to the Semi-Finals.
Tsitsipas has guaranteed a place to the Semi Final in fine fashion. Two wins from two means regardless of how he gets on with Nadal, he will play again in this tournament. Not only does he have two wins, but the Greek youngster is yet to drop a set and has dropped the least amount of games in the tournament. He is the only player to have a perfect record after two games. Finishing top or second in this group might be significant. With Federer beating Djokovic yesterday, Tsitsipas could face the Swiss legend if he tops the group or Dominic Thiem in the Semi-Finals if he finishes runner up.
Daniil Medvedev vs Alexander Zverev
Two literal and figurative giants of the game compete as the World Number 4 faces the World Number 7 in the evening match on Friday.
It is now a tournament to write off for Daniil Medvedev. Two defeats from two means he will not be making the Semi-Finals. The Russian came very close in his battle with Nadal last time out. Having taken the first set and holding a 5-1 game lead in the third, he crumbled in the World Number 1s resilience. He could have a big say in who plays who progresses and who plays who in the next round, however. A win could determine a tight group to be decided in games and set differences between opponent Zverev and Nadal.
For Zverev, he will need to either need to hope Tsitsipas beats Nadal heavily in the earlier game or win by a good margin to seal a qualifying spot. The German has a win and a defeat to his name so far in the tournament. He shocked World Number 1 Nadal in the first match before becoming unstuck against the in-form Tsitsipas last time out. Luckily for Zverev, he has a great record against Medvedev, winning four out of five meetings against the Russian. However, his last meeting ended in a convincing defeat in China, so will hope nothing similar repeats itself.
*odds as of November 15th at 10:15 GMT and subject to change
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