2019 has been another stellar tennis season for the ATP. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have further cemented their legacy as all time greats of the game with two slams apiece. Roger Federer has shown brilliance in abundance and come up short in the Wimbledon final. Andy Murray has retired and returned as a champion all within 9 months and Stefanos Tsitsipas, Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev have all shown grand slam qualities.
The best performing singles players in the world have qualified for the Nitto ATP World Tour finals. Rog, Rafa and Novak are top seeded once again but they face off against 5 younger guys. So far in 2019 the big 3 have tended to dominate against the newer guys but it has been far from plain sailing. The generational battle is at the moment being won by the old guys but who is to say Londons O2 arena wont see a few surprises
The last few editions of the World Tour Finals have seen somewhat surprise winners. Alex Zverev played like a seasoned grand slam champion to lift the trophy in 2018 whereas Grigor Dimitrov battled to the title in 2017. Could 2019 be something similar? Daniil Medvedev seems most likely to break the ceiling in this current crop. He has played a huge amount and been successful in 2019 winning almost 50 matches on hard court too.
New world number 1.
Rafael Nadal the recently crowned world number 1 received a relatively kind draw in the ceremony. The two groups are the Bjorn Borg group featuring Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem and Matteo Berrettini. The Andre Agassi group places Rafael Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev and Sasha Zverev. Great games in prospect but precedent has shown that a lot of these games are one sided. Players have huge miles on the clock, niggly injuries and have little gas in the tank. Lets hope for the fans sake at least they can see some good tennis.
We will break down the groups in depth later on in the week. Drop in with us then.