ATP Finals 2019 – Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Roger Federer Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Roger Federer taking place? The O2 Arena, London

When is Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Roger Federer on and what time does it start? Saturday 16th November, 2019 – 14:00 (UK)

What channel is Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Roger Federer on? BBC Two

Where can I stream Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Roger Federer? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match via Amazon Prime Video

Where can I get tickets for Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Roger Federer? https://www.nittoatpfinals.com/en/tickets

Who won the last meeting between Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Roger Federer? Roger Federer beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4

THE LOWDOWN

STEFANOS TSITSIPAS

  • Stefanos Tsitsipas had already qualified for the semi-finals of the ATP Finals but suffered his first defeat at the O2 at the hands of a battling Rafael Nadal, despite taking the first set.
  • Tsitsipas started the match with the same intensity that saw him defeat Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev to qualify but it was clear as the match progressed that Nadal’s desire to win would outweigh the Greek’s attempt at a perfect sweep of the group stages.
  • Tsitsipas has been held up in a similar way to his idol Roger Federer so far in his young career and this will be the fifth time they have been drawn together this year, including Tsitsipas’ walk-over at the Rome Masters when Federer pulled out of their quarter-final.

ROGER FEDERER

  • Roger Federer proved the doubters wrong on Thursday night by beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets to reach the last four of the ATP Finals, with Dominic Thiem winning Group Andre Agassi.
  • The 38-year-old put in one of his best performances of the season and with his serve in impeccable form there was very little Djokovic could do, with the Swiss also posting 12 aces along the way.
  • Federer leads the 2-1 head-to-head record with Stefanos Tsitsipas, with all three matches played this year, and it was their Australian Open round of 16 match that catapulted the Greek into the spotlight in a four-set win but Federer has won the two since.

THE PREDICTION

With the world number one spot safely in the hands of Rafael Nadal, and both he and Novak Djokovic out of the ATP Finals, there seems a small amount of fate in the draw that sees Roger Federer in the last four with Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Swiss’ victory over Djokovic, who had not seemed at his peak level since before the Paris Masters, realistically, set a precedent here in London that something special could happen. He has already lost to Thiem here, and Zverev recently in Shanghai, and this match with another pretender to the throne Tsitsipas offers him a chance to prove to the tennis world that he is still a member of the elite. Tsitsipas’ loss to Nadal, albeit unimportant as he had qualified already, does signal a slowing in his momentum at these finals, and Federer can take full advantage of that.

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