The 2019 ATP Tour Finals begins on Sunday, November 10 with the members of Group Bjorn Borg in action. You can get the preview of Novak Djokovic v Matteo Berrettini & Roger Federer v Dominic Thiem, along with tips and predictions below.Get the best odds for the ATP Finals 2019 with 888Sport here.
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Novak Djokovic v Matteo Berrettini Predictions & Preview
This is the first meeting between Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini.
Five-time champion Novak Djokovic begins his quest for another ATP Tour Finals title as well as another year-end world number one ranking. It has been another good year for the Serb, winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon bringing up his major title count to 16, as well as the Madrid and Paris Masters, making his title count for the year to five with the ATP Tokyo 500 crown as well.
Djokovic has won here in 2008, and then four consecutive times from 2012-2015 and will be looking for a strong week to better his performance last year where he was a runner-up to Alexander Zverev.
Young Italian Matteo Berrettini makes his Tour Finals debut after what has been a very promising season especially the second half of the year. Winning titles at Budapest and Stuttgart, and being a semi-finalist at the USOpen and Shanghai Masters, Berrettini has had a breakthrough season and will be looking to end the year on a positive note.
Although a first time meeting between both players, there is no surprise on what to expect from either; Berrettini will look to drive home his powerful game aided by his forehand, where as Djokovic’s all round excellence on the court is always difficult to match.
There is no underestimating how talented the Italian is, but it is Djokovic at the O2 arena, a place he knows only too well. Expect a clinical Djokovic to win in straight sets.
Tip: Djokovic to win in straight sets: 4/7 (Click here to get these odds with Unibet)
Roger Federer v Dominic Thiem Predictions & Preview
Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem meet for the seventh time in their career, with the young Austrian holding a 4-2 head-to-head lead. The players have met twice this year, at the Indian Wells Final and at the Madrid Masters, with Thiem winning on both occasions. Incidentally, Federer and Thiem met during the group stages here at the O2 arena last year, with Federer winning in straight sets.
Six-time winner Roger Federer makes his 17th appearance at the ATP Tour Finals, having won the title last in 2011. At age 38, the Swiss maestro is aware that he is at the twilight of his career and has managed his schedule, including skipping the Paris Masters last week, to be ready for the Tour Finals.
It has been another strong year for Federer, winning the Masters 1000 in Miami, as well as the ATP 500s at Dubai, Halle and Basel. The Swiss was also a finalist at the Indian Wells and at Wimbledon. He will however continue to rue his missed opportunity at Wimbledon where he failed to convert two championship points on serve against Novak Djokovic. Federer is comfortable with the surface here with an enviable track record, and will back himself for another deep run.
Austrian Dominic Thiem has qualified for the Tour Finals for the fourth time, but not gone past the group stages yet. It has been an impressive year for the Austrian, who is tied for most number of titles (five) for the year thus far, with Novak Djokovic. Another good clay season saw Thiem winning the ATP 500 at Barcelona and being the runner-up at the French Open to Rafael Nadal, as well as winning his home title at Kitzbuhel.
However, his performances on the faster hard courts and indoor surfaces is what stood out with titles at the Indian Wells Masters 1000, and the ATP 500s in Beijing and Vienna. Thiem will be hoping that he is able to carry his recent run of form through what will be a challenging group stage with him in the same group as Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
A cracker of a match on the first night at the O2 arena that could go either way awaits; however Federer looks well rested, well prepared and in good form and expect him to win his Tour Finals opener in two well-fought sets.
Tip: Federer to win in straight sets: 10/13 (Click here to get these odds with Unibet)