Diego Schwartzman faces Novak Djokovic at the Nitto ATP Finals 2020 on Monday.
Fixture: (1) Novak Djokovic vs (8) Diego Schwartzman
Date: 16 November 2020
Tournament: Nitto ATP Finals 2020
Round: Round-robin stage
Venue: London, United Kingdom
Category: ATP Finals
Surface: Indoor hardcourt
Prize money: $5,700,000
Match timing: 2 pm GMT
Novak Djokovic vs Diego Schwartzman preview:
- Novak Djokovic will complete this disrupted year as the world number one, the sixth time he’s achieved year-end best ranking.
- The Serb started off this year strongly by extending his own record in the Australian Open with an eighth title and he won three additional titles such as two Masters events in Cincinnati and Rome.
- Djokovic is chasing records again here in London as he aims to win a joint-highest sixth ATP Finals name together with Roger Federer.
- Diego Schwartzman had to do it the hard way but he eventually secured the previous ATP Finals position and attaining the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters last week.
- The Argentine will make his debut in the tournament on an impressive run of form which saw him hit the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time at Roland-Garros as well as two recent finals in Cologne and Rome.
- Schwartzman hasn’t beaten Djokovic in the previous five attempts but this time he has a great chance to a debut win against the Serb player.
The 50th Anniversary of the ATP Finals is initiated by World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who will begin his campaign on Monday against debutant Diego Schwartzman, at the opening game of group Tokyo 1970′.
Novak Djokovic enters the tournament as the chief of this bunch, started this year by winning the Australian Open and this led him to reach his eighth title.
Djokovic hasn’t had much practice on indoor hardcourts this year as some of the other contenders. He managed to play with just 3 games in Vienna which included a surprising defeat to Lorenzo Sonego, where he won just three matches. Despite this, the Serb begins as the outright favorite to win the title by his history in the tournament.
Diego Schwartzman qualified for the Tour Finals for the first time in his profession. The Argentine was having a fair year until the US Open, after which he came to life. The diminutive powerhouse made the final at Rome along with the last-four in Roland Garros to make his top-10 introduction and consequently was the last to be eligible for the Tour Finals.
Schwartzman has a bad record on indoor hard courts, But World No. 9 did reach the final in Cologne 2 in indoor conditions and will be looking to demonstrate his ability at the Year-End Championships as well.
Novak Djokovic vs Diego Schwartzman Head-to-Head
In the previous five encounters, Djokovic led by 5-0 against Diego Schwartzman.
Schwartzman didn’t choose a set off the Serb in both their encounters on a hard court. The pair recently met in this year’s Rome closing, where the Argentine led by a double break in the opening set before Djokovic turned the wave and won 7-5, 6-3.
Novak Djokovic vs Diego Schwartzman Prediction
There are likely two ways of thinking towards Novak Djokovic’s chances at the ATP Finals title this season. One, his latest shock loss to Lorenzo Sonego was an indication of a”stepping-off that the petrol” after securing his desired year-end number one position which he could be exposed at this championship, or 2, his deeper desire to eclipse the likes of Roger Federer and Nadal will observe this week because a record-equalling must-have.
The sixth title in this tournament will put him above Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl and in line with Federer, with the Swiss incapable to respond this season and unlikely for the chance.
In either case, his recent losses are very interesting from a neutral’s point of view as he comes into this week a briefer favorite for the name than he is accustomed to. The chance of this being the following Djokovic vs Nadal final come next Sunday is high, though, and despite Diego Schwartzman’s best efforts, he’s not likely to have the ability to fight the Serb.
A 5-0 head-to-head speaks volumes here at the worst of the possible seven match-ups for Schwartzman since Djokovic may take this in 2.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic to win in straight sets