ATP Finals Set to Unfold in Turin: Djokovic’s Pursuit of Records

by | Nov 10, 2023 | Tennis

The ATP Finals, the last tennis tournament of the season, will kick off this Sunday (12) in Turin, Italy, bringing together the top eight players of the year according to the ATP rankings.

While Novak Djokovic is the natural favorite for the title due to his performance throughout the season, the competition promises challenges. Among the participants are the last four champions: Djokovic (2022), Alexander Zverev (2021 and 2018), Daniil Medvedev (2020), and Stefanos Tsitsipas (2019).

The eight players competing in Turin are, in ranking order: Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev, Jannik Sinner, Andrey Rublev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, and Holger Rune.

In the competition, Djokovic and Alcaraz theoretically vie for the top spot in the world rankings, but a single victory for the Serbian would secure his position as number 1 until the end of the year.

The tournament format consists of two groups with round-robin matches, followed by semifinals and a final. Djokovic and Alcaraz, as the top two seeds, are obliged to be placed in different groups.

The ATP Finals’ points, situated between the Masters 1000 and Grand Slams, offer 1,500 points to the undefeated champion, with tiebreak criteria in case of equal wins and losses.

Novak Djokovic seeks records in the tournament, with the chance to equal Roger Federer as the ATP Finals’ greatest champion. Additionally, he could finish the year as the world number 1 for the eighth time in his career, matching Steffi Graf in this unique tennis achievement.

In terms of prize money, the ATP Finals will award $4.8 million for an undefeated champion and $4.4 million for the champion who loses a match in the group stage, an amount higher than that awarded by Grand Slam tournaments.

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