Showdown at the Pala Alpitour in Turin. At the ATP final, the eight best players of the season choose their world champion. Sky does the final check before the start.
Olympic champion Alexander Zverev arrives in northern Italy to end the season after an impressive season of triumphs in Acapulco, Madrid, Tokyo, Cincinnati and Vienna. Novak Djokovic is again the big favorite after a season with three Grand Slam titles and the tournament victory most recently in Paris-Bercy. From a German perspective, Kevin Krawietz is also involved in doubles with his Romanian partner Horia Tecau.
Our reporter Moritz Lang and our commentators Marcel Meinert and Paul Häuser will get in touch before the tournament starts with their check-up.
Alexander Zverev – status quo:
Marcel Meinert: “There are no two opinions that Alexander Zverev can look back on the best year of his tennis career these days. No one has won more tournaments than the man from Hamburg (Masters Madrid, Masters Cincinnati, Acapulco (500), Vienna (500) , Olympia in Tokyo). Zverev has developed tremendously in recent months, both on and off the field. The fact that he has to wait for his first success in a Grand Slam tournament motivates him more than it worries him. extra boost and also gave him much more recognition at home. In addition, the serve is stabilized significantly, the transition to the net is much more natural and the track position is also much more aggressive. The 24-year-old can do it with his second victory at the ATP finals now turn it on next week? The week after Paris with a short flying visit to Berlin should have been enough to recharge the battery. verev can currently rely on everything. Get it all out again, then it’s a holiday! “
The red group:
Marcel Meinert: “Alexander Zverev would have liked to have had a slightly different draw at some point, but this group leaves nothing to be desired when it comes to attractiveness. Four players with extremely strong servings duel, all of whom are very comfortable on the fast surface in Pala Alpitour must be felt. Right from the start, a classic away match against the local hero Matteo Berrettini the Olympic champion awaits, but the atmosphere in Italy’s largest event hall should inspire Zverev more than it impresses. What also speaks for Zverev: Berrettini could no longer do it after to have entered the Wimbledon final fully built on his performances from the first half of the year.The Roman, who failed Paris-Bercy, however, starts well rested in what is perhaps the most emotional tournament of his career so far.
The German number one is favorite against Hubert “Hubi” Hurkacz, but the Pole has nothing to lose in his final premiere and has already shown in Paris against Novak Djokovic that he can be dangerous to any opponent.
Two victories over Berrettini and Hurkacz would open the door to the semifinals for Zverev. They would also be absolutely necessary if Daniil Medvedev were to prove to be kryptonite again for the hamburger. The last four direct comparisons all went to the extremely solid Russian, who last year established himself as the best indoor player on the tour. If you want to crown yourself in Turin, you have to beat the US Open champion – and if Zverev does not succeed in the group stage, there can still be a reunion in the final. “
The green group:
Moritz Lang: “In this group, the color fits perfectly. Green – reflects hope. Three of the four players must cross fingers to advance to the knockout phase. Only one throne as a huge favorite: Novak Djokovic. Number one in the world has big plans. He will secure the sixth title at the final tournament, thus equaling Roger Federer’s record. Once the Serb has set a goal, everyone else must join in warmly. Especially when Stefanos Tsitsipas was recently injured. His movements looked smooth during training on Friday, but whether the Greek is back at 100 percent will only be known when he gets his first appearance in the final against Andrey Rublev. There has been a lot of silence around the Russians lately. Maybe too calm? He does not appear to be in his best shape. But he knows the finale now and certainly will not seem as nervous as when he first appeared. Precisely this nervousness becomes a problem for Casper Ruud. The Norwegian is green in the group, the group of hope, the one with the most fingers. He’s the worst outsider. “
Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau – status quo:
Paul houses: “It was not an easy season for Kevin Krawietz without his partner Andreas Mies, who was missing due to a knee injury. But with the experienced Romanian Horia Tecau it went fantastic right away: the final in Rotterdam, later the finals in Barcelona and Hamburg and so on. The highlight was the tournament victory in Halle Finally, there was the well-deserved qualification for the final Next year, Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies attack again together, both newlyweds and full of motivation to build on their old common successes in 2022. Before then, Kevin Krawietz and not the premiere in Turin with Horia Tecau Krawietz and Tecau are in their green group in outsider role against the big favorites from Croatia Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic (against whom it is right at the start), but also against the other two duos Ivan Dodig / Filip Polasek and Marcel Granollers / Horacio Zeballos But in doubles with the no ad rule and the match draw starts so fast that something always happens I trust Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau with a surprising coup at the end of their journey together in 2021. “
Nitto ATP Finals 2021 in Turin live on Sky:
Sunday, November 14: from 11:30 on Sky Sport 1
Monday, November 15: from 11:30 on Sky Sport 1
Tuesday, November 16: from 11:30 on Sky Sport 1
Wednesday, November 17: from 11:30 on Sky Sport 1
Thursday 18/11: from 11:30 on Sky Sport 1
Friday, November 19: from 11:30 on Sky Sport 1
Saturday, November 20: First semifinal in doubles from kl. 11.30, first semifinal in singles from kl. 14.00, each on Sky Sport 2
Sunday, November 21: the double final from kl. 14.30, the final from kl. 17.00, each on Sky Sport 2
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