ATP Finals 2020: Semifinal Qualification Scenario for Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev

Published 11/18/2020, 1:58 AM EST
Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his group stage match against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs


The Nitto ATP Finals has opened up interesting avenues for players to progress to the business end of the tournament. In his first round-robin match, 17-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic saw off Argentine Diego Schwartzman in straight sets. Djokovic will be up against in-form Russian Daniil Medvedev in his next round-robin encounter.

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In an encore of the Paris Masters final, Medvedev handed Alexander Zverev a sound defeat in his previous round-robin tie at the ATP Finals. Zverev struggled for answers against a marauding Medvedev as the Russian inflicted a 6-3, 6-4 defeat on the German.

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Djokovic can make ATP Finals semis by beating Medvedev and favor from Schwartzman

Djokovic will guarantee himself a place in the last-four with a win over the tall Russian and with Schwartzman beating Zverev. The Serb can also progress to the last-four with a straight-set win over Medvedev and with Zverev beating Schwartzman in three sets.

Reigning US Open champion Dominic Thiem has also made the last-four with two wins out of two.

After avenging his loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final last year, Thiem got the better of Rafael Nadal in a pulsating tie on Tuesday. In a see-saw battle, the Austrian held his nerve in key moments to win 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-4).

Medvedev can reach last-four by beating Novak and a loss for Schwartzman over Zverev

Medvedev, too, is in sight of his first semi-final appearance at the Finals. He will get there with an upset win over Djokovic and a loss for Schwartzman against Zverev.

The Russian can also book himself a last-four berth by winning in two sets over the Serb. A three-set win for Schwartzman over Zverev can also guarantee the Russian passage to the last-four.

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All the possibilities apart, Djokovic, in current form, looks to be the favorite to make the last-four of the tournament.

Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – November 16, 2020 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in action during his group stage match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

The Serb, who bagged his sixth year-end Number 1 award ahead of the tournament, is eyeing his sixth ATP Finals title. It will make him the joint highest championship winner alongside Roger Federer

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Having failed to lift the trophy for the last four years, the Serb will be desperate to add a sixth title to his name.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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