Tennis: The ATP Finals in London kicks off

(ANSA) – LONDON, NOV 14 – Serbian Novak Djokovic will try to regain the crown that he won five times in the ATP Finals, a tournament that brings together the best eight of the season in London and that Spanish Rafael Nadal could never celebrate with a Title

One of the few tournaments that the world number two did not celebrate, something that also happened to him at the recent Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy, which he said goodbye to in the semifinals and ended up consecrating the Russian Daniil Medvedev as champion

It will be the last edition that London will host before passing the post to Turin, which will host the tournament for the next five seasons and which hopes to be able to celebrate it open doors if the pandemic allows it, as it does not allow it on British soil

“I can look for all the possible excuses, but the numbers speak for themselves,” Nadal said when referring to that streak without titles in the contest that he played 16 times and in which he was a finalist only twice

In 2010, he was frustrated by the Swiss Roger Federer, absent this year due to the operation he underwent on his knee and which marginalized him for a long time from the circuit, and three years later it was the turn of Djokovic, who had celebrated for the first time in 2008

The Serbian also celebrated in 2012 against Federer, whom he surpassed in the definitions of 2014 and 2015 and a year later suffered firsthand the defeat at the hands of Scotsman Andy Murray

A thorn that he will try to remove this year, in which he suffered just three setbacks, including his disqualification at the US Open and his defeat in the Roland Garros final that reconsecrated Nadal and allowed him to equal the 20 Grand Slam titles of Federer

“Indoor tournaments are not my strong suit, but I have managed to improve in recent years,” admits the Spaniard, while Djokovic assures that knowing that he will close the season as number one “takes a bit of pressure off.”

“But not the desire to raise this trophy again,” says the Serbian, who to show that he is relaxed, published a video on social networks in which he imitates the celebration of the goals of the Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo, who gave him the go good

Nadal will open tomorrow the London 2020 Group against the Russian Andrey Rublev, a careful rival warns the Spanish, after the opening duel between the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, defender of the title, and the Austrian Dominic Thiem

A clash that reissues last year’s final and will be played in the same area occupied by Nadal and Rublev, which will grant two tickets to the semifinals as well as the Tokyo 1970 Group, made up of Djokovic

The Serbian will make his presentation on Monday against Argentine Diego Schwartzman, who caught the last ticket to London thanks to Nadal’s latest win at Paris-Bercy before being eliminated from the tournament

It was with defeat in the semifinals against the German Alexander Zverev, who later succumbed in the definition against the Russian Medvedev, who thus achieved his first title of the year, climbed to fourth place in the ranking and will face him again on Monday in the premiere in the same group by Djokovic

“I hope I can close the season in the best possible way,” predicts the Serbian who a year ago failed to overcome the Round Robin phase, but in this he starts as a favorite although he admits that it will not be easy

About Schwarztman, his rival in the debut, he said: “He never played this tournament, but Diego is in great shape this year because it is the best season of his career. I have a lot of respect for him because he is a fierce competitor,” he assures

Nor is the mission announced easy before Zverev and Medvedev, who arrive at a great moment especially the Russian, toned by his recent consecration that gave him “confidence to face this contest,” he says

“Novak is the favorite to win the group and if you want to beat him you must play 100 percent to have a chance”, highlights Zverev, who in the ATP Finals reaped a victory and a defeat against the Serbian “whom everyone wants face, “he admits. (ANSA)


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