There’s been plenty of fantastic tennis played over the past week at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, but now just two players remain in hope to be crowned champion. Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas have navigated their way through a field that included the top eight ranked men in the world and will now go head to head in the final on early Monday morning.
Here, we’ve provided a quick preview and our best bet for the match. Good luck to everyone following!
As mentioned above, the ATP World Tour Finals is a tournament in which the top eight ranked men’s tennis players compete. It’s the season-ending championship that’s regarded as the most prestigious tournament in the world aside from the four Grand Slams. This year the ‘big 3’ all had their struggles in London, and neither will feature in the final for only the second time in 10 years. Roger Federer has won the most ATP World Tour Finals with six and the current champion is Alexander Zverev.
21-year-old Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas is the youngest player ranked inside the top 10 in the men’s ATP World Rankings. He’s currently ranked #5 in the world, which makes him the highest-ranked Greek tennis player in history. 2019 has been Tsitsipas’ best year on Tour with his best result being a semi-final appearance at the Australian Open in January. Tsitsipas has won a few titles on Tour but winning the ATP Tour Finals would be his biggest achievement so far in his young career. He’s already beaten three quality players this week in Medvedev, Zverev and Federer, which has given him this chance at a prestigious title and some serious, serious money.
Road to the Final
GS – Defeated Medvedev 2-0
GS – Defeated Zverev 2-0
GS – Lost to Nadal 1-2
SF – Defeated Federer 2-0
Dom Thiem has had another fantastic year on Tour where he will finish ranked inside the top 5 despite winning a Grand Slam. Once again, Thiem made the final of the French Open but obviously, there’s a guy called Rafael Nadal that is pretty decent on clay. 2019 has seen Thiem win his first Masters 1000 (Indian Wells) and reach his second French Open final. Now 26-years-old, the Austrian is entering the prime of his career and looks the most likely outside the big 3 to snag a Grand Slam in the near future. Thiem has defeated the likes of Federer, Djokovic and Zverev this week and has the chance to finish 2019 on a high with one of his best titles to date.
Road to the Final
GS – Defeated Federer 2-0
GS – Defeated Djokovic 2-1
GS – Lost to Berrettini 0-2
SF – Defeated Zverev 2-0
- Thiem leads Tsitsipas 4-2 in their six career meetings.
- Thiem leads Tsitsipas 3-1 in their hardcourt meetings.
- Last time they played was six weeks ago in the final of ATP Beijing where Thiem won 2-1.
Along with Medvedev, these two guys look the most likely to dominate the circuit once the big 3 become grey and old. Interestingly, they’ve had very similar tournaments so far. Both won their opening two group matches, lost their third and then won their semi-final in straight sets, and both have defeated Zverev and Federer in straight sets en route to the final. Tsitsipas and Thiem are also ranked similarly at #6 and #5 in the world respectively, and as a result, the odds for this final is nearly at a coin toss. However, we do lean towards Thiem winning this as he leads the head-to-head count 4-2 against Tsitsipas and he also has a lot more experience playing and winning big tournaments. It should be a very exciting and entertaining affair, but we can see the Austrian edging out the Greek to win the silverware.
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