2020 Nitto ATP Finals – Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev on and what time does it start? Wednesday 18th November, 2020 – 20:00 (UK)

Where is Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev taking place? The O2 Arena, London

What channel is Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match via Amazon Prime Video

Where can I get tickets for Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev? The Nitto ATP Finals will be played without spectators

THE LOWDOWN

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

  • Novak Djokovic celebrated the award of his year-end number one trophy by beating Diego Schwartzman in a confident straight-sets performance.
  • The Serb has lost just three matches out of 42 played this season to Rafael Nadal at Roland-Garros, Lorenzo Sonego in Vienna and, in controversial circumstances, by default to Pablo Carreno-Busta at the US Open.
  • 33-year-old Djokovic is seeking out a joint-record sixth ATP Finals title here to add to his four won on tour this year at the Australian Open, Dubai Open, Cincinnati Masters and Rome Masters as well as the inaugural ATP Cup with Serbia.

DANIIL MEDVEDEV

  • Daniil Medvedev backed up his defeat of Alexander Zverev to win the Paris Masters last week by repeating the efforts on Monday night, also in straight sets.
  • The world number four looks fully tuned-in to this tournament in hope of bettering his disappointing debut last season in which he lost all three of his matches.
  • The 24-year-old is a player who can click into an almost unstoppable gear and he certainly seems near if-not at his best 2019 form in which he reached six consecutive finals on tour, winning three of them.

THE PREDICTION

This should prove to be an absolutely emphatic match between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev and could challenge Tuesday’s Thiem vs Nadal match for the best of the round robin stage this year. The pair share a head-to-head record that leans Djokovic’s way 4-2 but Medvedev has had the better time of it against the Serb in recent times and since the Australian Open last year they draw at two apiece. There is plenty of evidence in both of their very recent form that suggests the Russian can win this particular round robin match and then Djokovic can exact revenge in the knockout phase, as this format has thrown up many times. Aside from this specific match, that could well be a very shrewd option in the markets. The way in which Medvedev has been playing over the last few weeks is simply frightening and Djokovic’s opponents have recently been able to get at him more than usual. The Russian has proved before that he can overpower Djokovic over three sets and that would not be a shock here. The Serb knows he can progress to the knockout phase anyway and if they meet there it should be a different story but Medvedev to win this round robin match is a brave, reasonable call.

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