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How Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal And Co Compare With Their Rivals At The ATP Finals

Ubitennis looks at the figures behind the eight players who have qualified for the end-of-season showdown in London.

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The promotional advertisement for the 2019 ATP Finals (image obtained via twitter.com/atptour)

Sunday will mark the start of the finale of the men’s tennis tour. The 50th edition of the ATP Finals will be held at the O2 Arena in London. At stake is the year-end No.1 spot for either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic, up to 1500 ranking points and potentially more than $2 million in earnings.

 

The draw for the tournament took place on Tuesday. Eight players have been split into two groups named after former stars of the sport. In Group Andre Agassi Nadal will play Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev. Meanwhile, in Group Bjorn Borg Djokovic will lock horns with Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem and Matteo Berrettini.

Over the coming days will be a battle between the eight best-performing men on the ATP Tour this year. With a lot of stake for all players, here are the key facts to know about the 2019 tournament.

The head-to-head

Only one player has a positive record against every member of the field at this year’s tournament. Djokovic has a winning record against five out of six players. The only exception is Tsitsipas, who he is currently drawn level with at 2-2 in their head-to-head. Djokovic is yet to play Berrettini on the tour.

At the other end of the spectrum, Berrettini has a losing record against all six players he has played. In fact, he has only ever defeated Thiem and Tsitsipas once. Should he win a match in London Berrettini would become the first Italian man in history to do so at the ATP Finals. Both Adriano Panatta (1975) and Corrado Barazzutti (1978) failed to do so on their attempts.

Nadal Djokovic Federer Medvedev Thiem Zverev Tsitsipas Berrettini
Nadal

26-28

24-16

2-0

9-4

5-0

4-1

1-0

Djokovic

28-26

26-22

3-2

6-3

3-2

2-2

0-0

Federer

16-24

22-26

3-0

2-4

3-4

2-1

1-0

Medvedev

0-2

2-3

0-3

1-2

1-4

5-0

1-0

Thiem

4-9

3-6

4-2

2-1

5-2

4-2

2-1

Zverev

0-5

2-3

4-3

4-1

2-5

1-3

2-1

Tsitsipas

1-4

2-2

1-2

0-5

2-4

3-1

1-0

Berrettini

0-1

0-0

0-1

0-1

1-2

1-2

0-1

Who has won the most prize money?

This season Medvedev has been the standout player concerning prize money when you look at his career overall. 72.8% of his career prize money earnings have been won in 2019. This is due to a stellar second half of the season where he reached six consecutive finals on the tour. Winning Two Masters 1000 events, as well as the St. Petersburg Open. Medvedev was also runner-up to Nadal at the US Open.

Unsurprisingly the Big Three dominate the prize money lists for both this current season and overall in their careers. Nadal is currently in the lead over Djokovic this year. However, the Serbian remains the only player – man or woman – to surpass the $130 million mark.

There is still a lot to play for in London. Should any player clinch the title without losing a match, they will earn an additional $2,871,000.  A full breakdown of the prize money can be seen here.

2019 prize money

Nadal – $12,214,586
Djokovic – $11,182,355
Federer – $6,989,975
Medvedev – $6,994,912
Thiem – $5,992,623
Tsitsipas – $4,272,927
Zverev – $3,152,635
Berrettini – $2,689,783

Career prize money

Djokovic – $136,954,944
Federer -$127,504,891
Nadal – $115,466,561
Thiem – $20,124,768
Zverev -$18,900,563
Medvedev – $9,599,693
Tsitsipas – $7,209,605
Berrettini – $3,580,862

NOTE: Figures as of November 4th 2019 and includes doubles earnings

Their Win-loss record of 2019

Zverev remains the only player yet to score multiple wins over top 10 position this season. His sole conquest occurred in Shanghai when he downed Federer in a three-set thriller. The defending champion hasn’t lost the most matches this year, but his overall winning percentage is the lowest.

Nadal tops the group with the highest winning rate, however, it is important to note that he has also played the fewest matches (57) out of the group. In comparison Medvedev has achieved a 76.6% winning rate, but has played an additional 20 matches (77) already this season.

Wins

losses

Top 10 wins

Total winning %

Nadal

51

6

7

89.5%

Djokovic

53

9

8

85.5%

Federer

51

8

5

86.4%

Medvedev

59

18

8

76.6%

Thiem

46

17

6

73%

Zverev

42

23

1

64.6%

Tsitsipas

50

24

5

67.5%

Berrettini

42

21

5

66.66%

Titles won

Only four players have won the ATP Finals five or more times in history and two of those are in this year’s field. Federer holds the all-time record of six, however, he hasn’t won the trophy since 2011. Meanwhile, Djokovic has five titles to his name and has featured in the final in six out of the past seven editions.

Overall, Federer has won more titles that any active player at 103. The second highest tally in history after Jimmy Connors. His first title was at the 2001 Milan Indoors when rival Tsitsipas was just two-years-old.

Six out of eight have won at least one Masters 1000 title. The only exceptions are Tsitsipas and Berrettini, who are both yet to win a trophy at an event ranked above the 250 category.

Below is a breakdown of each player and their individual achievements.

Rafael Nadal: 84  

– 19 grand slams
– 35 Masters 1000
– 1 Olympic Gold
– 20 ATP 500/Gold Series
– 9 ATP 250/International Series

Novak Djokovic: 77

– 16 grand slams
– 5 year-end titles (ATP Finals)
– 34 Masters 1000
– 13 ATP 500/Gold Series
– 9 ATP 500/International Series

Roger Federer: 103

– 20 grand slams
– 6 year-end titles (ATP Finals)
– 28 Masters 1000
– 24 ATP 500/Gold Series
– 25 ATP 250/International Series

Medvedev: 7

– 2 Masters 1000
– 1 ATP 500
– 4 ATP 250

Thiem: 16

– 1 Masters 1000
– 5 ATP 500
– 10 ATP 250

Zverev: 11  

– 1 year-end title (ATP Finals)
– 3 Masters 1000
– 2 ATP 500
– 5 ATP 250

Tsitsipas: 3

– 3 ATP 250

Berrettini: 3

– 3 ATP 250

ATP Finals history

There will be three debuts in the event this year. Medvedev, Tsitsipas and Berrettini are all gracing their presence at The O2 for the first time in their careers. Since 1998, only two players have won the title on their debut and none of them are a member of the record-breaking Big Four contingent. Alex Correctja triumphed in 1998, followed by Grigor Dimitrov in 2017.

For those who have played in London before, Thiem is the only member to have a losing record at the tournament. Winning just three out of nine matches played since 2016. As for the person with the most wins, Federer is currently on 57 victories. That is 41 more than Nadal, who has in recent years missed the event due to various injury issues.

Here is a breakdown of the records :-

Federer: 57-15 (debut 2002)

Djokovic: 35-12 (debut 2007)

Nadal: 16-13 (debut 2006)

Zverev: 5-3 (debut 2017)

Thiem: 3-6 (debut 2016)

The data used in this article is based on information obtained from the official website of the ATP Tour

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Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus secure their spot in the semifinal in the doubles tournament at the ATP Finals in London

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Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus beat Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-3 6-4 in the evening’s double match securing their spot in the semifinal with a record of 2-0 in the Group Jonas Bjorkman.

 

Klaasen earned an early break with a forehand volley to open up a 3-1 lead. Venus and Klaasen dropped just four points on serve and did not face a break point. Venus held serve at 5-3 to close out the opening set 6-3 after 32 minutes.

Both teams held serve until the ninth game, when Venus got the first break at 4-4 with a half-volley winner, when Melo was serving on a deciding point. Kubot and Melo fended off two match points in the next game to force a deciding point and got their first break point of the match.

Venus sealed the win after 71 minutes with a big serve on their third match point in the 10th game. Klaasen and Venus won 86 % of their serve points.

US players Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury scored their first win in the Group Jonas Bjorkman at the Nitto ATP Finals, when they beat Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek 3-6 6-3 10-6 in the Match Tie-Break. The US team improved their ranking to 1-1.

Dodig and Polasek earned the first break in the fourth game of the opening set to open up a 3-1 lead. They saved four consecutive break points in the ninth game, when they were serving for the first set at 5-3. Dodig and Polasek sealed the first set with a service winner after 33 minutes.

Ram and Salisbury did not convert break points in the most crucial moments of the first set. Ram and Salisbury earned their only break in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead and did not face a single break point to win the second set 6-3 forcing the match to the third set.

Ram and Salisbury opened up a 3-0 lead with an early mini-break in the Match tie-break. Dodig and Polasek rallied to draw level to 5-5. Ram and Salisbury sealed the win on the first match point, when Polasek hit a backhand volley into the net at 9-6.

Dodig and Polasek, who won two titles in Cincinnati and Beijing, lost to Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 10-5 in the Match Tie-Break in last Saturday’s first match.

 

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ATP Finals 2019 Day 3 Preview: A Must-Win Match Beckons For Roger Federer

Novak Djokovic plays Dominic Thiem for a commanding lead in the Bjorn Born Group, while Roger Federer faces Matteo Berrettini to stay out of last place.

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Djokovic completely dominated Berrettini on Sunday, allowing the debuting Italian just three games.  Matteo will likely need a win today to have any reasonable chance to advance to the semifinals. If advancement comes down to a tiebreak, he currently has no sets won and an extremely low percentage of games won.  With Federer’s 7-5, 7-5 loss to Thiem on Sunday, his situation is slightly less dire than Berrettini’s. But a loss today would make’s Roger’s likelihood of advancing extremely slim, especially with a match against Djokovic looming on Thursday.

 

Roger Federer (3) vs. Matteo Berrettini (8)

Their only previous meeting was four months ago in this same city.  On Manic Monday at Wimbledon, Federer crushed Berrettini 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in just 74 minutes.  Matteo was open about how disappointing his performance was that day, as he was overwhelmed by playing the 20-time Major champion on Centre Court.  However, it’s worth noting Berrettini had played a dramatic five-set match just 48 hours prior where he saved match points to come back and defeat Diego Schwartzman.  Matteo should be much fresher for the rematch today, but will he again be overwhelmed by the occasion? The beating he sustained at the hands of Djokovic two days ago will not inspire much confidence.  And he’s facing a man who has only once failed to advance to the semifinals of this event in 16 career appearances. It would be quite surprising if Federer failed to prevail today.

Novak Djokovic (2) vs. Dominic Thiem (5)

The last time these two men faced off was in the semifinals of this year’s Roland Garros.  That match began on an absurdly-windy Friday in Paris, conditions Thiem handled much better than Djokovic.  Their match would take two days to complete, with Dominic taking it 7-5 in the fifth, ending Novak’s campaign to win his fourth consecutive Major.  Overall however Djokovic leads their head-to-head 6-3. Novak is 3-0 on hard courts, though they haven’t played on this surface since this event three years ago, when Djokovic won in three.  Thiem was impressive in taking it to Federer on Sunday, and Dominic’s hard court skills have drastically improved over the past two seasons. But on an indoor hard court, Djokovic remains a considerable favorite to be the only undefeated player in the Bjorn Borg Group by the end of play Tuesday.

 

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‘I Wasn’t Good Enough’ – Rafael Nadal Reacts To ATP Finals Loss

The Spaniard speaks out about his current form and if he plans to continue playing in London.

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LONDON: Rafael Nadal believes his losing start to this year’s ATP Finals was partly down to a lack of practice in recent weeks due to a series of injury issues.

 

The world No.1 enters the event without finishing a tournament since winning the US Open after suffering from issues with his left hand and abdomen. A familiar scenario for the Spaniard who has qualified for the ATP Finals 15 times, but has only been able to play in eight of them. In his opening match against the reigning champion, Alexander Zverev, he was unable to find a way to break down his opponent’s serve as he leaked a series of costly errors.

“Honestly, Sascha played well and I played bad,” Nadal said during his press conference.
“We can find reasons or excuses, but at the end of the day, what matters is that I need to play much better in the next two days after tomorrow. That’s the only thing.”
“We (my team) knew that it was going to be tough at the beginning because of the period of time since my injury until today is very short, but we are here trying, and that’s it.”

Indoor events have never been Nadal’s strong point. Incredibly on the surface, he has only managed to clinch the title in one out of 28 tournaments played. Doing so at the 2005 Madrid Masters. At the ATP Finals, he has reached the final twice in 2010 and 2013.

Nevertheless, there is a silver lining for the Spaniard. Whilst his form isn’t where he would like it to be, physically there are no blips yet. Meaning that he intends to continue fighting in the tournament.

“I have no complaint about my physical condition. No pain in my abdominals. That’s the only positive thing, honestly. That’s all,” said Nadal.
“I’m happy with the way my abdominal held, and hopefully I can continue like this because it’s true that I was not able to do a lot of practice and make a lot of effort on that part of the body since last Saturday.”

The optimism expressed by the 19-time grand slam champion is also one that comes with a caution. When asked if he will be able to play seven or more matches over the next two weeks due to his participation in the Davis Cup, there was a brief silence. Then he replied to the journalist ‘I can’t give you an answer.’

It is up in the air as to how Nadal will fair over the week or if he will even complete all of his round-robin matches due to his troublesome body. However, there is one guarantee. He is ready to fight to the very end.

“I’m staying positive. I’m staying competitive, something that I was not today. That’s the thing that I am more disappointed because knowing that I will not be at my 100% in terms of feelings, in terms of movement, in terms of confidence or hitting the ball, I needed my best competitive spirit this afternoon, and I was not there in that way.”

As a onseuqence of the loss, the 33-year-old has opened the door further for rival Novak Djokovic to snatch the year-end No.1 spot. Although should he go on to win the title, he would claim the sport regardless of how the Serbian performs.

Nadal is down, but he isn’t out yet. Awaiting him next will be a clash with Daniil Medvedev on Wednesday. A player who he leads 2-0 in their head-to-head with both of those wins occuring in 2019.

Nadal’s recent record at the ATP Finals

2018 First to qualify Withdrew on November 5 (ankle)
2017 First to qualify Withdrew after first match against David Goffin (knee)
2016 Points accumulated to qualify Wrist injury ended season on October 20
2015 Fifth to qualify Semi-final loss to Novak Djokovic
2014 Second to qualify Withdrew on October 24 (appendix surgery)
2013 First to qualify Final loss to Novak Djokovic
2012 One of a trio of first qualifiers Withdrew on October 25 (knee )
2011 Second to qualify Two group match losses
2010 First to qualify Lost to Federer in the final
2009 Second to qualify Three group match losses

Source: Sky Sports UK

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