Nitto ATP Finals Betting Tips & Predictions, as the world’s best eight players clash in London for the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals.
The 2019 Nitto ATP Finals will be the 50th edition of the tournament that was first established back in 1970. This year’s tournament gets underway on Sunday November 10th, with the finals scheduled for the following Sunday, the 17th of November. The ATP Finals are played on indoor hard courts at the O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom. The tournament is the season-ending championships for the ATP Tour, and it sees only the eight highest ranked players from the season qualify. The 8-man field will be competing for a prize pot of approximately £7.3million, with a top prize of £2.2million on offer should the champion go undefeated through the tournament. German ace Alexander Zverev is the defending champion this year, after he defeated Novak Djokovic in the final twelve months ago.
The ATP Finals begins with the eight players being split into two groups of four. The group phase of the tournament is a round-robin format, where each player in the group plays against the other three players in best-of-three-set matches. The winner and runner-up from each group advance to the semi-finals. From here the tournament becomes a straight knock-out event, with the semi-finals line-up being the winner of each group taking on the runner-up from the other group.
Group Andre Agassi
Rafael Nadal (1)
Daniil Medvedev (4)
Stefanos Tsitsipas (6)
Alexander Zverev (7)
Group Björn Borg
Novak Djokovic (2)
Roger Federer (3)
Dominic Thiem (5)
Matteo Berrettini (8)
Roberto Bautista-Agut (9)
Gael Monfils (10)
Roger Federer has won the ATP Finals a record 6-times throughout his career, and he’ll be looking for a record-extending 7th title this year. Federer won this title for the first time back in 2003, while he followed that up with triumphs in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and most recently in 2011. World number two Novak Djokovic won this title for the first time in 2008, while he also won it on four successive occasions between 2012 and 2015. Defending champion Alexander Zverev is the only other former champion in this year’s field. Meanwhile, world number one Rafael Nadal will be looking to finally win this title for the first time this season.
Last 5 Champions
2018 – Alexander Zverev
2017 – Grigor Dimitrov
2016 – Andy Murray
2015 – Novak Djokovic
2014 – Novak Djokovic
Rafael Nadal enters the tournament as the top seed this week, although he appears to be facing a race against time to be fit for these Finals. Nadal had to pull out ahead of his semi-final at the Paris Masters last week due to an abdominal injury that he still appears to be carrying. The serve is what’s greatly affected when a player has an abdominal injury, and so it’ll be interesting to see if Nadal does in fact withdraw before his opening match. However, if he is fit enough to compete then he’s undoubtedly one of the players to beat. The Spaniard is on a 14-match winning run right now, while he’s 4-0 on indoor hard courts this season. Nadal also finds himself locked in a battle with Novak Djokovic to finish the season as the year end number one, and so every win he picks up this week could be crucial. Will Rafael Nadal be fit enough to compete and attempt to win a maiden ATP Finals title?
Five-time champion Novak Djokovic lost his number one ranking to Rafael Nadal this past week, and he’ll be eager to return to the summit of the men’s game. Djokovic currently finds himself 640 points behind Nadal in the rankings, but he knows that with Rafael Nadal’s current injury problems, a good run this week will likely see him end the season as the year-end number one for the record-equalling 6th time. The world number two will also be looking to tie Roger Federer’s record of 6 ATP Finals titles, and he’s playing well enough to do so. Djokovic won his 34th Masters title last week, as he cruised to the Paris Masters title. Novak Djokovic is the man to beat this week, but will anyone be able to stop him from going all the way in London?
Roger Federer has had another solid season, but he’ll be looking to end it by winning what would be his biggest title of the season. The Swiss ace has won four titles so far this year, including his 100th ATP title at the Dubai Tennis Championships back in February. Federer also won the Miami Masters earlier in the year, while he won his 10th titles at both the Halle Open and the Swiss Indoors. However, Federer has seen his two greatest rivals, Nadal and Djokovic, split the grand slam events this season, while Djokovic also has the opportunity to tie his record for most titles won at this tournament. Federer will be desperate to prevent that, and he’s playing some good stuff right now. The Swiss great won the Swiss Indoors last time out, and he’s coming into these Finals on 4-match winning run, while he’s also won 8 of his last 9 matches. Can Roger Federer win a record-extending 7th ATP Finals?
Meanwhile, Daniil Medvedev has had a terrific season so far, and the Russian ace will be looking to end the year as the new world number three. Medvedev enjoyed a terrific run of form during the latter half of the summer, where he reached six successive finals. The 4th seed won three titles in that period, including back-to-back Masters titles in Cincinnati and Shanghai. The Russian ace also reached his maiden grand slam final at the US Open, where he was just edged out in a five-set epic against Rafael Nadal. Medvedev is playing fantastic stuff right now, and he’s won 21 of his last 22 matches. Will Daniil Medvedev end his season with a 5th title of the year?
Dominic Thiem has had another good year, and the Austrian ace has particularly improved his game on the hard courts this season. The world number five has won an ATP Tour high five titles this season, including his maiden Masters title earlier at Indian Wells. Thiem has won three titles in all on hard courts this season, including two over the last couple of months. The 5th seed, who also reached a 2nd French Open final this season, has won 13 of his last 15 matches coming into this year’s tournament. Thiem is also one of just three players, along with Nadal and Djokovic, to have a winning record against the field this week. Dominic Thiem has never been playing better coming into these Finals, but will he be able to come through a strong group to reach the semi-finals for the first time?
Greek ace Stefanos Tsitsipas is one of three players who will be making their debut this year, and he’ll be looking to impress. Tsitsipas started the season in fantastic form by reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open, while he also rediscovered some of his best tennis over the last couple of months. Tsitsipas has won a couple of titles this season, while he’s coming into these Finals having reached the semi-final or better at 3 of his last 4 tournaments. The Russian ace has also beaten all three of the ‘Big Three’ this season, and so he’s proven he has the game to challenge the best players in this sport. Can Stefanos Tsitsipas win a first singles title since May?
Defending champion Alexander Zverev has had a disappointing season by his standards, and he comes into these Finals having won just one singles title this season. Zverev, who beat both Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer en route to winning this title twelve months ago, has had to deal with stuff off of the court as well as having issues on it. The former world number three has had massive problems with his serve this year, but he has been playing his best stuff of the year over the last couple of months. Zverev reached the Shanghai Masters final a few weeks ago, while he also reached the China Open semi-finals the week prior. Will Alexander Zverev successfully defend his ATP Finals title in London?
Meanwhile, Matteo Berrettini claimed the finals spot at the 2019 ATP Finals. The Italian ace has had a fantastic season, and a strong end to the year saw him edge out Roberto Bautista-Agut and Gael Monfils for the final spot this week. Berrettini has won two titles so far this year, in Budapest and Stuttgart, while he also reached a maiden grand slam semi-final at the US Open. The twenty-three-year-old has, however, struggled against the rest of the players in this field. Berrettini has won only 20% of his matches against the other seven players, the lowest of any of the players this week. Can Matteo Berrettini cause a massive upset this week to win the 2019 ATP Finals?
In a week that is full of subplots, the big question is who will prove to be the best-of-the-best to win the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals?
Novak Djokovic is playing some of his best tennis of the year right now, and he’s going to be extremely tough to stop. Djokovic won the Paris Masters last time out, while he’s also won 12 of his last 13 matches ahead of these Finals. The world number two is also a former 4-time champion here, and he’s reached the final or won the title in each of his last 6 appearances at this tournament. Djokovic also has the second best winning record against the rest of the field in the draw, while he’ll be desperate to not only tie Federer’s 6 ATP Finals titles, but to finish 2019 as the year-end number one.
The fitness concerns surrounding Rafael Nadal right has blown his group wide open, and Alexander Zverev might be the man to benefit from it. The defending champion has proven he has the game to win this title, as he displayed twelve months ago, and so he clearly likes the conditions at this event. Zverev has also handled the pressure of being defending champion well in the past, and he’s successfully defended a couple of his titles over the last few seasons. The German ace has also been playing some of his best tennis of the year over the last month or so, and he’s going to be confident of his chances coming into these Finals.