Nitto ATP Finals Betting Tips and Predictions
Nitto ATP Finals Betting Tips and Predictions, as the 2018 men’s season draws to a close with the Tour Finals in London. The 2018 ATP Finals will take place at the O2 Arena in London, England, and the week-long tournament is played on indoor hardcourts. The final tournament of the season sees the eight highest ranked players from the season competing for ranking points and a prize pot in excess of £6 million. The champion will receive a little over £2 million of the prize pot, if they go unbeaten throughout the whole tournament, while they’ll receive a little less than that if they lose one of their group matches. Grigor Dimitrov was last year’s champion, after the Bulgarian ace defeated David Goffin in the final. In the final tournament of the season, who will come out on top to claim the 2018 ATP Finals title?
The ATP Finals features the eight highest ranked players from the regular season, based on the ranking points they have gathered throughout the year. The players are split into two groups of four, and they face their opponents in their group once. The two highest ranked players from each group then qualify for the semi-finals, where the tournament becomes a straight knock-out. The tournament is set to begin on Sunday November 11th, with the group matches being played until Friday November 16th. The two semi-finals will be played on Saturday November 17th, with the tournament’s conclusion, the final, being played on Sunday November 18th. Who will contest the final match of the ATP season, and who will walk away as the ATP Finals champion?
Swiss ace, and world number three, Roger Federer is the record-holder for most ATP Finals titles won, with six previous triumphs. The first of those came in 2003, while he also won this event in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2010. Federer was most recently triumphant here in 2011, while he’s also reached the final here on three occasions since his last triumph. Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, is the only other former champion in this year’s field. The new world number one is a former five-time champion of this event, with his first triumph here coming in 2008. Djokovic then won it again in 2012, which began a streak of four-successive triumphs here between 2012 and 2015. The top seed this week will be looking to join Federer on six ATP Finals title, but with Roger Federer being his most likely challenger, will Djokovic be able to win that record-equalling 6th ATP Finals title?
Last 5 Champions
2017 – Grigor Dimitrov
2016 – Andy Murray
2015 – Novak Djokovic
2014 – Novak Djokovic
2013 – Novak Djokovic
Rafael Nadal will be the biggest absentee this week, as the former world number one confirmed his absence from the tournament. Nadal would have been the second seed this week, but a couple of injuries have forced the Spaniard to end his season early, and so his wait for a first ATP Finals title will have to wait until 2019 at the earliest. Juan Martin del Potro had also qualified for the tournament this year, but an injury he sustained at the Shanghai Masters has ruled him out for the foreseeable future. Del Potro picked up a knee injury in Shanghai, and that has sadly ended his successful 2018 season early. Kei Nishikori and John Isner, ranked nine and ten, were the next two highest ranked players, and both will take the places of Nadal and del Potro this week. Meanwhile, defending champion Grigor Dimitrov endured a tough season and ended the year ranked number nineteen, and as such did not qualify to defend his title this week.
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Novak Djokovic will head to London as the pre-tournament favourite to win this title for a 6th time. The Serbian ace has been in sensational form of late, and he’ll be looking to continue that this week. Djokovic has sealed the year-end world number one ranking in recent days, following Rafael Nadal’s decision to end his own season early. This will have given Djokovic even more confidence heading into this tournament, following an extraordinary few months. Despite a poor start to the season, where Djokovic was recovering from surgery, the world number one had gone onto win four titles this season. This includes winning two grand slams, at Wimbledon and the US Open, and two Masters titles in Cincinnati and Shanghai. The fourteen-time grand slam champion also reached the Paris Masters final last time out, but his 22-match winning streak was ended by Karen Khachanov in that final. Will Djokovic continue his recent form and storm to a 6th ATP Finals title?
Former five-time champion Roger Federer will most likely be Novak Djokovic’s biggest threat to the title this week, as the Swiss ace looks to end his season on a high. It’s been yet another good season for Federer, with the highlight of it being his 20th grand slam title success at the Australian Open in January. The former world number one has also won three other titles this season, at the Rotterdam Open, in Stuttgart and recently at the Swiss Indoors. Federer also reached two Masters finals this season, in Indian Wells and Cincinnati, while last time out he reached the semi-finals at the Paris Masters. Federer not only has the chance to win this title for the 7th time, but he has the chance to end the season as the world number two. Federer needs to go unbeaten through the tournament to overhaul the injured Rafael Nadal and end the year ahead of his rival. Can Federer continue his recent form and win his 100th career ATP title?
Alexander Zverev will be making his second successive appearance at these Tour Finals, and the German ace will be looking for a better showing this year. Zverev finished 3rd in his group on his debut last year, finishing the group stage with a 1-2 record. However, Zverev will have considered himself unfortunate not to qualify for the semi-finals last year, as the two matches he lost went to a third set and final set. Nonetheless, it’s been another good season for Zverev this year, and he’s coming into the tournament as the 3rd seed. Zverev has won three titles throughout the season, with the biggest of those being his 3rd Masters title in Madrid. Zverev also reached two other Masters finals this year, in Miami and Rome, and so it’s been a pretty good year for the German. Can Alexander Zverev win the biggest title of his career?
Kevin Anderson will be one of two players making his debut at these Tour Finals this year, and the South African will be looking to make a good impression. It’s been a fantastic season for Anderson, and it’s shown by the fact he’s coming into this tournament as the 4th seed. The South African ace has won two titles this year, with the first of those coming at the New York Open at the start of the year. Anderson also won the biggest title of his career at the Vienna Open a few weeks ago, and so he should be full of confidence coming into this tournament. The world number six also reached the second grand slam final of his career at Wimbledon during the summer, and so it’s been the season of his career thus far. Can Anderson make his season even better by winning the 2018 ATP Finals title?
Croatian ace Marin Cilic has qualified for these Tour Finals for the fourth time in five years, and he’ll be looking to finally make it out of the groups this year. The Croatian ace has never made it out of the group stage in his three previous appearances at this tournament, and he’s only ever won one match at this tournament. The 2014 US Open champion went 0-3 here last year and so he can only improve on his showing from twelve months ago. It’s been an up-and-down season for Cilic, with his only title success coming at the Queen’s Club Championship’s in the summer. Cilic did, however, reach the Australian Open final in January and he also reached the quarter-finals at the French and US Open’s throughout the year. Can Cilic finally enjoy a good result here in London?
French Open finalist Dominic Thiem is making his third successive appearance here in London and, like Marin Cilic, he’ll be looking to make it out of the group stage for the first time. The Austrian ace has gone 1-2 in both of his previous appearances at the tournament, and so he’ll be hoping to pick up an extra win this year. Thiem will be coming here with a renewed sense of optimism this year, after finally showing signs of bringing his best game onto a hardcourt. Thiem reached the US Open quarter-finals a couple of months ago, while he’s won the St. Petersburg Open and reached the quarter-finals and semi-finals at the Vienna Open and Paris Masters, respectively, in recent weeks. Thiem, as always, also enjoyed a good clay court season, where he reached his first grand slam final at the French Open, a Masters final in Madrid and he won two titles at the Argentina and Lyon Open’s. Can Dominic Thiem win a 4th title of the season?
Kei Nishikori was the beneficiary of Juan Martin del Potro’s unfortunate injury, and the world number nine is now set to make his fourth appearance here in five years. Nishikori is one of the form players coming into this tournament, after a fantastic final few months of the season. The Japanese ace reached at least the quarter-final stage of his last six tournaments of the season, including reaching the semi-finals at the US Open and the final at the Japan and Vienna Open’s. Kei Nishikori’s recent resurgence has been nothing short of fantastic, after a first half of the season that saw Nishikori play on the Challenger Tour to regain some form. Nishikori has reached two semi-finals here in the past, and so he’s more than capable of enjoying another good run this week. Can Kei Nishikori reach a first ATP Finals final?
American ace John Isner completes the field at this year’s ATP Finals, with the American ace joining Kevin Anderson in making his debut at the tournament. Isner finished the season as the world number ten, but the unfortunate injuries to both Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro opened the door for Isner to make his first appearance here. John Isner has enjoyed the best season of his career to date, and he’ll be hoping it gets even better over the next week or so. Isner has won two titles so far this year, including winning his first ever Masters title at the Miami Open. Isner also reached his first ever grand slam semi-final at Wimbledon, while he also reached the quarter-finals at the US Open. However, Isner has struggled for some form in recent weeks, and so he’ll need to rediscover his best tennis if he’s to do well this week. Can Isner make the most of his opportunity and win the ATP Finals on his debut?
In what should be a fantastic week of tennis, who will be prove to be too good for the rest of the field and walk away as the 2018 ATP Finals champion?
Novak DjokovicTo Win Outright
Novak Djokovic is the man to beat this week, but it’s going to be difficult for anyone to be able to. The Serbian ace is playing at such a high level right now and he’ll be extremely confident coming here. Djokovic also holds a fantastic 77-32 record against the rest of the field, and the only player he doesn’t actually hold a winning record against in this field is Alexander Zverev, with their head-to-head record being 1-1. Djokovic is also a former five-time champion of this event, and so he knows what it takes to win this tournament. Djokovic is playing the best tennis in the world right now, and I think he displays it this week, as he wins his 6th ATP Finals title.
Roger Federer Each WayTo Win Outright
I think Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are on a collision course to meet in this year’s final, where a lot will be on the line. Federer’s form dipped mid-season, but in recent weeks he seems to have rediscovered it, and he’s coming here in good form. The Swiss ace also loves it here, and in his previous 15 appearances at this tournament, the Swiss ace has only failed to make it out of the group stage once. Federer has also reached at least the final in ten of his fifteen previous appearances here, and so he’s used to reaching finals here. Federer is playing good tennis again, and I think he’ll reach his 11th ATP Finals final this year, where he’ll have a shot at winning a 7th ATP Finals title.