By Chris Oddo / Sunday, November 3, 2013
With the year-end No. 1 ranking still up for grabs, it should be a fantastic finish at the 2013 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
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The world’s top eight players are set to finish the year with a bang in London, and we’re here to preview all the action. Without any further ado, let’s get into some of the numbers and trends that will come into play at the 2013 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals:
Group A: Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer, Stan Wawrinka
Group B: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Juan Martin del Potro, Richard Gasquet
Season Record: 71-6, Best WTF Performance: Final, 2010
$100 bet will net you: $325
The world No. 1 comes to London for a ninth World Tour Final appearance seeking the title that has eluded him all these years. But with Nadal’s hard court game as good as it ever has been (32-3 on the season, including a 27-match winning streak that finally ended in Beijing), Nadal is certainly one of the favorites to go all the way.
He’s helped by the fact that he owns a 47-8 record against his group, so he’s almost certain to make it through to the semis. From there, he’ll have to be on his game to hold on to his No. 1 ranking and put the cherry on top of one of the most impressive years of his career.
Season Record: 60-21, Best WTF Performance: Final, 2007
$100 bet will net you: $2600
Ferrer appeared to be fading a bit late this summer, but he has revved it up down the stretch, reaching finals in his last three events in Stockholm, Valencia and Paris, including a huge win over Rafael Nadal in Saturday’s Paris Masters semifinal.
Aside from his 5-20 record against Nadal, the Little Beast has winning records against Berdych (7-3) and Wawrinka (7-4), and has a very good chance to make it through to the semis.
Season Record: 52-22, Best WTF Performance: Semifinal, 2011
$100 bet will net you: $1900
Berdych hasn’t won a title yet in 2013, but he’s a tough customer on the indoor surface, as it suits his flat strokes and high ball toss. Berdych is 3-16 against Nadal, so he might have to do his damage against Wawrinka or Ferrer if he plans to make the semis. Either that or he has to play the best tennis of his career, something that we’ve all been waiting for since he broke out and reached the Wimbledon final in 2010.
Season Record: 49-21, Best WTF Performance: 1st Appearance
$100 bet will net you: $3400
It has been a fantastic year for Stan Wawrinka, and that is why he is making the trip to London, but now that he’s here, can Wawrinka unleash his gorgeous all-court game with all the fury and artistry that he brought to this year’s U.S. Open? Wawrinka came within a set of reaching the final in New York, and brought the crowd to its feet on several occasions during his wildly entertaining final with Novak Djokovic.
If he can reach that level again in London, he could be the surprise of the week.
Semifinalist Picks: Nadal, Wawrinka
Season Record: 67-9, Best WTF Performance: Titles in 2008, 2012
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He’s the player you can’t kill. After suffering three of the toughest losses of his career in the last three Grand Slams, Djokovic has dug deep to find another level in the fall, and suddenly he is hot on Nadal’s trail with a shot to overtake him for the year-end No. 1 ranking in London.
Djokovic comes in on a 17-match winning streak, but he’ll have to battle to reach the semis as he’s been lumped into a stacked Group B that also features six-time WTF champion Roger Federer and indoor stud Juan Martin del Potro.
Season Record: 43-15, Best WTF Performance: Titles in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011
$100 bet will net you: $800
Roger Federer, simply put, is the king of the World Tour Finals. It hasn’t been the type of year that we’re used to from the Swiss maestro, but he comes into London playing some of the best ball of his season, having reached the Basel final and then upsetting (yes, upsetting) Juan Martin del Potro en route to the Paris semis.
The six-time champion will need to play even better if he intends to get to the semis here in London. Though he holds a 14-5 record against Del Potro, he has lost three of four, and Djokovic, who defeated him in Paris in three sets on Saturday, looks to be dead set on making a statement in the season’s final weeks.
Juan Martin del Potro
Season Record: 50-14, Best WTF Performance: Final, 2009
$100 bet will net you: $800
Del Potro reached the final in the first year that London held the World Tour Finals, but lost to Nikolay Davydenko. This year, the Argentine comes back to London in fine form, looking to put the finishing touches on what has been his best season since that breakout year in 2009. The big man has won four titles and reaches six finals this year, but more importantly he has gained some sway in his personal rivalries with Djokovic, Nadal and Federer, notching big wins against each. It’s that type of big-match result that makes it hard to ignore Del Potro this year in London.
Season Record: 50-20, Best WTF Performance: Qualified, 2007
$100 bet will net you: $5100
It has taken Richard Gasquet six years to return, but after his first 50-win season, which featured a breakout U.S. Open semifinal and a 3-0 record in finals, the Frenchman is back on the big stage in London.
He’s a combined 4-25 against the other three members of group B, so he might just want to throw caution to the wind and go for broke. He made it to London by playing courageous tennis, so why not let it all hang out this week?
Semifinalist Picks: Djokovic, Del Potro
Finalists: Del Potro vs. Nadal
Champion: Del Potro