Who will Win the ATP Tour Finals?
October 26, 2016
While some may believe that the competitive tennis season is all but over once the US Open has been concluded, there is still much to play for on the ATP Tour. More specifically, we have the annual season finale scheduled to commence on 13th November, as tennis looks to crown yet another tour champion to join an army of legends.
Make no mistake, there is still much to play for with five of the eight spots still available for the coveted event at the O2. The level of competition has also intensified since the withdrawal of Roger Federer through injury, while there is likely to be at least one new face in the tournament this time around.
A Look at the Confirmed Finalists and Potential Competitors
Of course, you don’t need to glance at the ATP World Tour Champion odds to confirm that Novak Djokovic is the favourite to retain his ATP Tour crown. Despite an indifferent second half to the season that saw him eliminated early at Wimbledon and the Olympics , the Serbian qualified before anybody else and currently boasts a staggering 14,040 ranking points to his name.
Andy Murray has also qualified for the ninth consecutive year, while Wawrinka has made the cut despite his surprise defeat in the final of the St. Petersburg Open.
Elsewhere, Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic and US Open semi-finalist Ken Nishikori are both likely to qualify, while Frenchman Gael Monfils is widely anticipated to make his debut appearance in London.
The most vulnerable competitors are Dominic Thiem and veteran Rafael Nadal, both of whom are hanging on to qualifying places by the skin of their teeth.
Thiem did his chances some good by reaching the final of the Moselle Open Final last week, although the first seed was surprisingly beaten by Frenchman Lucas Pouille.
In contrast, Rafael Nadal has struggled in recent tournaments, making him the most likely to drop out in his bid to reach the finals for the 12th consecutive year.
Who Else Can Seal their Finals Spot?
There are eight other competitors who have a theoretical chance of making the finals, although only two or three of these have a realistic chance in the absence of Roger Federer.
The seasoned Tomas Berdych is currently just a handful of points behind Nadal in the race to qualify, with Marian Cilic next in line and 800 points adrift of the Spaniard. Belgian David Goffin may also make a later run to the Finals, especially if he can deliver on his second seed billing during the Shenzhen Open.
Whatever happens, the Tour Finals are likely to deliver some incredible twists, turns and drama even before they begin.
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