Some believe Djokovic will easily win his group in Turin.
World No 1 Novak Djokovic has warned that “there are no easy matches” at the ATP Finals and therefore he absolutely won’t be taking anyone for granted in Turin. On Thursday, Djokovic learned his ATP Finals group as he was drawn in Green Group with Jannik Sinner, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Holger Rune.
On paper, Djokovic is the absolute favorite to win the group and easily a semifinal spot in Turin. But Djokovic doesn’t want to think that way. “Here are the best players of the season, they all deserved to be here. There will be no easy matches and I had no preference on which opponents to face in the group since every match is worth a final.
The conditions here are slightly different than in other tournaments. Perhaps age is an advantage in some ways, but here there is a contrast between the old and new generations… And I don’t know which of the two I belong to (smiling, ed.).
For me, competing with the younger ones is an extra incentive, because I know they are hungry for success and want to get to number one in the world,” Djokovic said.
Djokovic opens his ATP Finals run against Rune
In his opening match in Turin, Djokovic will be taking on world No 10 Rune.
After meeting at the Paris Masters last week, the Serb and the Dane are set to clash against each other again. In Paris, Rune saved a match point in the second set but Djokovic ended up sealing a three-set 7-5 6-7 (3) 6-4 win.
With that win, Djokovic ended his two-match losing streak to Rune and tied their head-to-head between the two stands at 2-2. Going into their ATP Finals match, Djokovic – who has won three consecutive tournaments – enters as the favorite. It remains to be seen if Djokovic can clinch back-to-back wins over Rune and make a winning start in Turin.