ATP World Tour Finals: Novak Djokovic vs Holger Rune; Preview, Head-to-Head, and Prediction

Published 11/11/2023, 8:41 PM EST

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The wait is finally over and tennis fans and players will finally get a chance to witness a high-voltage drama and excitement at probably the best year-ending tournament of the year. It is the ATP World Tour Finals and some of the best names in the world go head to head against each other to take the prestigious title home. One among them is Novak Djokovic. In modern tennis, there’s hardly anyone who’ll disregard Djokovic for the success that he has earned. Coming off a fantastic season, he would be willing to take the title home and end the year at the top for the 8th time.

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However, standing his way this time around will be a formidable force, Holger Rune. With both looking to start their ATP Finals campaign on a high, only one among them will make it through. But who among them will do it?

Novak Djokovic vs Holger Rune: Preview

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When it comes to the ATP World Tour Finals, there is hardly anyone who holds a better chance of winning the title than Novak Djokovic himself. The Serbian legend has proved repeatedly why he is the greatest player in the game. With three consecutive title triumphs at the Cincinnati Masters, the US Open, and the Paris Masters, his determination has skyrocketed.

Needless to say, he will be willing to make an impact at the ATP Finals as well. Also, coming in as a defending champion, all the hopes will be on the Serb to not only defend the crown but also end the year as the world’s number-one player in men’s tennis.

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On the other hand, his opponent Holger Rune has also enjoyed a good season this year. Talking about some of the major highlights of this year, Rune managed to make it through to the quarter-finals at the French Open and Wimbledon while making his way into the finals of Monte Carlo and the Italian Open.

Not only this, he also managed to with his solo title when he won the BMW Open in Munich. After a rough season since his Wimbledon exit, he managed to get back on track and made it through the semi-finals of the Swiss Indoors in Basel and the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters. Looking to contest the title, he would be willing to do whatever it takes to win it.

Djokovic vs Rune: Head-to-head

Interestingly, the head-to-head stats between the two are even Steven. Out of the 4 encounters that the players had against each other, they both emerged victorious on 2 occasions. Their first meeting came at the US Open back in 2021. With the hard-court surface being right up his alley, the Serbian legend easily defeated the Danish player with a scoreline of 6-1, 6-7, 6-2, 6-1.

On the other hand, their most recent meeting came at the Paris Masters just a week earlier before the ATP Finals. A determined Novak Djokovic took the perfect revenge for his loss against his Danish opponent back in the 2022 finals of the same tournament and defeated him with a scoreline of  7-5, 6-7, 6-4. However, it is worth remembering that it was only earlier this year in the outdoor clay tournament at the Rome Masters QF that Rune demolished Djokovic, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

Prediction: Novak Djokovic could start the campaign on a high with a win

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As it seems, Novak Djokovic looks in a more sweet spot to lay his hands on victory here in Turin. Coming off fresh from his victory in Paris, he will be looking to carry forward the momentum and start his campaign on a high. Not only this, but with hard courts being his strength, the Serbian player would be looking to make full use of it and cruise to victory.

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However, the win will not be easy for him. Holger Rune has already been able to surprise him on 2 occasions and would eagerly be looking for a repeat of his past feats this time as well. But as it stands, he will have to pull out his best game if he wants to stand a chance against him. Only time that will reveal who among them makes it through. Who are you rooting for? Do let us know in the comments below!

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Akshat Gaur

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Akshat Gaur is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in 2021 and has been writing since then. With over two years of experience in the world of sports journalism, specifically tennis journalism, Akshat is someone who is immensely passionate about covering the ATP and the WTA Tour.
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