ATP World Tour Finals vs Grand Slam – Which Is the Most Difficult Tennis Tournament to Conquer

Published 11/11/2023, 5:10 AM EST

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In the world of tennis, two events take most of the spotlight. One among them is the Grand Slams while the other one is the ATP Finals which is held at the end of every year. With some of the best players in the world competing for the coveted trophies, the action-packed madness gets doubled and the drama intensifies. But which of the two tournaments is better? This is a question that is always on both the players and fans’ minds. Professional athletes like Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, and Stefanos Tsitispas have sparked their opinions on this debate.

While some consider grand slams to be a better fit for them, some offered a completely different perspective on this. But, which of the two really makes the cut? Let’s find out!

Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Daniil Medvedev spark their opinion on the grand slam vs ATP finals debate


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The debate between the two is one for the ages. However, some players recently came and sparked their opinions between the two. First came in Novak Djokovic who suggested that the Finals is the pinnacle of the ATP tour. However, he further went ahead to mention that apart from the slams, it is one of the biggest tournaments in the game.

“It’s great. I’m again, honoured to be part of this event. It’s the pinnacle of the ATP Tour. Other than Slams, this is the biggest tournament we have in the sport,” said Novak Djokovic in the ongoing debate about which of the two is better.


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Joining him was Daniil Medvedev next. The Russian player also joined the Serbian legend where he suggested that the ATP finals do not hold a better spot when compared to the grand slams. He said that the slams are better where he gets a chance to play with the top players in the world while facing the hardest of the 5 sets.

“I would say a Grand Slam is better. As for me, in my opinion, the hardest of five sets even if there are heavy players and you play with the top 10 from the first match. But you still need to win 5 matches, not 7. This is also a big difference. You can even win 4 matches and win in the tournament,” said Medvedev in the interview.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, on the other hand, offered a completely different perspective on this. Once a winner in 2019, the tennis sensation said that for him, the ATP Finals were the biggest tournaments, even bigger than the Grand Slams. He considers the event as more than just a tournament.

“It’s a whole celebration. The ATP Finals is a commemoration and celebration of the best of the best in our sport. We all gather together and we get to play against each other and focus on the fact that we are the best in the world trying to fight for this mega trophy, which is a grand prize in our sport. It means a lot,” said Stefanos Tsitsipas in the interview. 

“I would consider it probably a bigger thing than a Slam, honestly. It has big prestige and it’s a very valuable asset if you’re able to conquer and win it,” he further added.

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Thus, these were some of the remarks made by the best players in the world at the moment. While some chose Grand Slams, Stefanos Tsitsipas offered a completely different perspective on this. However, both have their own importance as they embrace a unique history.

Which of the two is better: Grand Slams or ATP Finals?

The debate between the ATP World Tour Finals and the Grand Slams could go on forever. However, each player showcases a different perspective on this. While Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev suggested that the Grand Slams are better, Stefanos Tsitsipas offered a completely different opinion on the same.


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As an observer, the choice between the two ultimately depends on the criteria for assessment. Grand Slams, with their rich history and demanding format, become the ultimate test of a player’s skill and limits. On the other hand, the ATP Finals, with its exclusive collection of top talent, creates a unique atmosphere that celebrates the best in the sport.

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While the Grand Slams are classic novels, the ATP Finals represent a short story. However, the ATP finals offers the intensity that the players look out for. Both offer unique challenges and opportunities for players to write their names in tennis history.


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Thus, the debate between the ATP World Tour Finals and the Grand Slams could rage on forever. While some think the Grand Slams to be a better stage, some believe that the ATP Finals is the real chance for glory. However, each holds its own significance while offering the best experience to both the players and the fans.

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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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