London Calling; The top 8 are on route to the O2!

The final showdown in London is around the corner.

Debutants, defending champion, history makers, history chasers and the future of tennis will battle to end the season with the last piece of silverware but who is in London?

Novak Djokovic

Well, he is the favourite right?

He is the five time champion but has won the tour finals since 2015 and has lost on his last two appearances in the final to Murray and Zverev. 

It has been a good year for Novak picking up two majors and the Masters event in Madrid as well as title in Tokyo. He has had some unusual results but when it matters he usually delivers. 

Rafael Nadal

It’s like the Never Ending Story, will Rafa win in London?

He has only ever featured at the World Tour Finals eight times in his career and has been absent from four of the last seven tour finals.

His record on hard courts has been good this year with 22 wins and 2 defeats going into Paris but has skipped a lot of tournaments too. 

Indoor hard is a completely different ball game, he isn’t keen on the surface at all having only played indoor Masters event in Paris 6 times in his career and has a win/loss in London of 16/13.

Roger Federer

Could he win? 100%. Could he go out in the group stage? 100%.

I feel there is a consistency problem for Roger right now. Not in the sense of results but performances against in form players.

Tsitsipas in Melbourne, Thiem in Madrid & Indian Wells, Rublev in Cincinnati, Dimitrov in New York and Zverev in Shanghai.

He’s played well but has he blown away many top inform players? No. 

I can’t see him winning here, I think Djokovic has the edge but also that the younger guys look in better form right now.

Daniil Medvedev

No one wants to play Daniil and that is a great compliment.

He has played inspired tennis this year, four titles and nine finals including two Masters 1000 wins. 

Unorthodox tennis but its effective. People have said it’s ugly tennis but I think its stunning and is soo good to see him playing soo well and having that breakthrough.

He is here to win and I wouldn’t put it past him.

Dominic Thiem

Maybe a slight point to prove in London.

He has had a good year on the tour, majors have been a bit odd. Runner up at Roland Garros and 1 win in Melbourne with two round one exits at Wimbledon and New York.

He has never been out of the round robin with three wins in three appearances so maybe a slight point to prove.

He has the game to be a serious threat on the indoor courts but at times we never know what Dominic Thiem we are going to get. I hope we get the intense and ruthless team rather than the sloppy and messy performance.

Stefanos Tsitsipas

A good run in Laver Cup has done him the world of good!

He has pulled his season back together which I think is a fair comment to make. 

He’s had some very big wins and has defeated the big three this year. This is his debut but he comes across like a young man who has no fear.

I don’t think I will ever forget watching him in Melbourne. The intensity and determination he showed against Federer was out of this world. That performance was the definition of ‘held you’re nerve’.

You think he couldn’t top that I then watched him in Madrid take Nadal apart. He isn’t afraid and I like that.

Alex Zverev

The defending champion is in.

It did take until the final tournament of the year for qualification to be secured but he will defend his crown.

It has been a difficult season on and off the court for Zverev  with results not happening for him. 

Participation in Laver Cup seemed to turn his season around, he was having fun and enjoying tennis again. Semi-final in Beijing and runner-up in Shanghai were his best weeks but wasn’t at it in Paris or Basel coming into London. 

Matteo Berrettini

It was out of his hands but he has qualified for the World Tour Finals in London.

Days after making his top ten debut the Italian who was a semi-finalist at the US Open will be part of the top eight at the season finale!

It has been such a good breakthrough year for Matteo who comes into London with no pressure attached and should be seen as a learning curve.

Denis Shapovalov’s victory against Gael Monfils confirmed his place and I think he owe’s him a drink!

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