ATP Finals: The topsy-turvy 2020 season comes to a conclusion in the Nitto ATP Finals, which comprises the year’s eight most successful players. Obviously, that group contains the mythical Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, in addition to reigning US Open winner Dominic Thiem.
Previewing the 2020 edition of the ATP Tour finals, former British No. 1 Greg Rusedski gave his predictions concerning the various possibilities of the tournament – in particular, the prospects of both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Big ask for Rafael Nadal to win the Nitto ATP Finals: Greg Rusedski
Rusedski, who engaged in the ATP Finals back in 1997 and 1998, claimed that Rafael Nadal is going to be a factor at the tournament despite the fact that the terms do not suit him. The Spaniard has won only 1 championship on indoor hardcourts, at Madrid back in 2004. He’s never managed to lift the trophy at the ATP Finals despite engaging on nine different occasions.
“I still think he can be dangerous but I think it will be a big ask for him (Rafael Nadal) to win,” Rusedski said.
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Injuries, lack of endurance, and fitness to manage the rate of the courts have led to Rafael Nadal’s failures on the surface. This year is his final opportunity to win the event in the O2 Arena in London, where he reached the final in 2010 and 2013; the event is going to be shifted to the Italian city of Turin from 2021.
Novak Djokovic is going to want to re-establish himself: Rusedski
Unlike Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic has been a mainstay on the occasion for over a decade. Djokovic won his first title all the way back in 2008 and has won four more titles because, and Rusedski spoke up the Serb’s chances this year.
“I think he is fresh now. His main goal was to get to number one – he did that. He had that little dip in Vienna and didn’t play in Paris,” the Brit said.
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Novak Djokovic has etched his name into the history books with his 6th year-end World No. 1 accomplishment, which ties the album with Pete Sampras.
“To get six year-end number ones is a phenomenal accomplishment, only Pete Sampras has done that. Pete’s accomplishment is still ahead of Novak’s because Pete did it six years in a row,” the former World No. 4 went on.
The Serb is also on course to usurp Roger Federer since the men’s player with the most months spent as World No. 1; he stands 294 weeks, and ought to have the ability to take more than Federer if he stays in his current ranking position till mid-March.
Rusedski did not mention, however, that Pete Sampras’ feat was superior to Novak Djokovic’s because he did it in consecutive years.
“I think Novak Djokovic is going to want to re-establish and tie the record of six with Federer,” Rusedski said.
“But I think he is going to be motivated because he hasn’t won it in a long time and whether you like it or not these guys want records. Federer, Djokovic and (Rafael) Nadal want to go down with the most Slams, the most ATP Finals wins, the most Masters wins, that is what drives these three incredible legends of the game,” he added.
Another bit of history is on the line in London for Novak Djokovic. He could equivalent Roger Federer’s record of six ATP Finals trophies by winning this season, which Rusedski believes will be a driving force for the Serb.
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