With the crown of the Russian Daniil Medvedev at the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy, there is hardly one important tournament left in this atypical 2020: the ATP Finals London. After a week off that will be occupied by the ATP 250 from Sofia, the eight classified to the contest will take rest to arrive in the best way to the English capital.
Something is clear: not all players arrive in the best way to the tournament. That is why it is worth performing the following review to better understand how tennis players arrive at the last appointment of the season.
Due to its status as number 1 and what was done in the year, Novak Djokovic comes as one of the great candidates. Multi-champion in Lonres, this year he won the Australian Open and the Masters 1000 in Rome like his two great tournaments. After falling into the end of Roland Garros, its passage through Vienna was lean and decided not to participate in Paris-Bercy.
Rafael Nadal He barely played three tournaments after the circuit was resumed. After arriving at 20 Grand Slam crowns at Roland Garros, the Spanish fell in the semifinals of Paris against Zverev, although he arrives in good physical shape and with tennis at one of the few tournaments that his showcase is missing.
Dominic Thiem It is one of the great unknowns of the contest. Without much participation after his crown at the US Open (fourth at Roland Garros and Vienna), the Austrian seems not to arrive in the best way to the London city.
In tennis, confidence is a key factor. Boy did the Russian get it Daniil Medvedev at Paris-Bercy, where he won his first title of the season. Despite an irregular return to the courts, who will be the next 4th in the world showed that he had all the weapons at hand to be able to cause damage in a tournament with conditions similar to those of the French capital.
In the focus of the storm for personal matters, Alexander Zverev seems to have recovered from the tough defeat in the US Open final. After Flushing Meadows, the German won two tournaments in a row in Suburb and reached the final in Paris after beating Nadal in the semifinals. The 2018 champion seems to have found the best of his game in recent weeks.
One of the two debutants in London will be the Russian Andrey Rublev. It is the player with most titles in season (five) and won two ATP 500 indoors (Saint Petersburg and Vienna), a surface where the Masters are also played. Despite his status as a rookie, he will be a tough nut to crack for the experienced.
Stefanos Tsitsipas He is one of the players that leaves the most doubts on the list. With the finals in Hamburg and the semi-final at Roland Garros as the most outstanding results, the European failed to find that brilliance that would lead him to the top 5 last year. However, he is a player not to underestimate since he is the champion of the last edition.
The other debutant who will have the contest will be Diego schwartzman. The “Peque” sealed his ticket thanks to his great weeks in Rome and Roland Garros (final and semifinal) to later buckle his classification after reaching the definition in Cologne and the quarterfinals in Paris. With nothing to lose or prove, the Argentine can give something to talk about in London.