Once again the Tour Finals will take place at London’s O2 Arena. The opening matches are on Sunday.
The 8 players are split into 2 groups and will play a round robin format to qualify for the semi finals.
Whatever happens Nadal will end the year at number 1. The winner can potentially pick up 1500 ranking points.
Group A/Pete Sampras
Nadal is obviously favourite to win the group. He leads Thiem 5-2. All their matches were on clay. He leads Dimitrov 10-1 and won all 3 of their matches this year. All were on hard courts. he has won all 3 of his previous meetings with Goffin.
Who will take the other semi final place? Thiem leads Dimitrov 2-1. Dimitrov’s win was this year on a hard court. Goffin leads Thiem 7-3. They have met twice this season with Goffin winning on clay and a hard court.
Dimitrov has the edge over Goffin and leads their previous matches 4-1. He leads 2-1 this season and they are 1-1 on indoor courts in 2017.
I would give the edge to Dimitrov although he and Goffin are in the Finals for the first time whereas Thiem is making his second appearance
Group B/Boris Becker
Federer is the obvious pick for one of the semi final places. However Alexander Zverev leads their previous matches 3-2. Zverev leads 2-1 this year with wins on a hard court and an indoor hard court. Federer won on grass. Federer leads 7-1 over Cilic with their only 2017 match ending in a straight sets win for Federer at Wimbledon. Federer has won all 3 of his matches with Jack Sock. Their only 2017 meeting was in Indian Wells which Federer won in straight sets.
Zverev has the lead over Cilic 3-1. Their only match this season was on clay and he won in 3 sets. He has won their last 3 matches. Zverev and Sock have met twice. Both were in 2016 with Sock winning indoors and Zverev taking his win on a hard court.
Sock leads Cilic 2-0. Both matches were in 2016 on hard courts.
Zverev looks like the best bet for the other semi final place.
Predicted semi finalists
Nadal, Dimitrov, Federer, Zverev
Unfortunately, everything tennis wise is cancelled to at least 13th of July. Let's hope this corona virus goes away as soon as possible and this is the last date the tour is pushed back to. Stay safe people!
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