ATP Finals Turin, group stage, 2nd match day, Tuesday, 14.11.2023
There is one tournament left on the tennis calendar in 2023. This one tournament that has brought together the best eight players of the last 365 days! The ATP Finals in Turin are all about the crown of the season.
In Group A, a veteran will face three much younger players. On the second match day of the preliminary round, the first decisions can or will (probably) already be made as to who will advance to the semi-finals.
As the best players will be facing each other directly, our sports betting providers have relatively tight odds on offer:
Stefanos Tsitsipas is 25 years old, but it feels like he’s been at the top of the world game for a decade! The Greek has been competing in the ATP Finals continuously since 2019, this time qualifying as world no. 6.
Tsitsipas has seen it all at the end of the season. On his very first appearance, when he was just 21, he stormed to the title, beating Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem in the final.
After this success, however, he failed three times in a row in the preliminary round, so he has been warned not to let this happen a fourth time in a row. It was unfortunate that he lost the first match of all matches.
Tsitsipas was the weaker player against Jannik Sinner, and clearly so right from the start. He never got close to the Italian in the service game, winning 70% of the points on his first serve was far too little
Sinner didn’t give him a single chance to break at 6-4, 6-4, that was clear. Only ten points went to him in the role of the returner, which also shows that Tsitsipas was overwhelmed by his opponent’s strong serve.
In Paris, he had made it through to the round of the best four, but was defeated there by Grigor Dimitrov. It has been a difficult year overall for the 25-year-old, but after reaching the semi-finals three times before the finals, he had actually expected something in Turin.
He has now started the tournament with a defeat for the fourth time in a row and knows that this has never gone well before. To make matters worse, Holger Rune is definitely not one of his favorite opponents
2022, the two have duelled twice, with the victories going to the young Dane on both occasions. Is it also because he is slightly ahead with our best sports betting providers?
In terms of the odds, I can see 1.70 to 2.05, so Rune knows that he is the favorite going into the match. Of course, this could also have something to do with the fact that he made a strong debut in Turin despite the defeat.
This is the first time the 20-year-old has ever played in the finals, and that was far from certain. As number eight, he only just made it, and 2023 was anything but an easy year.
A few months ago, Rune completely collapsed, only to lose and then come back just in time for the final. Although he failed in the quarter-finals in Paris, his 5-7, 7-6, 4-6 loss to Novak Djokovic showed what he is capable of
It was precisely Djokovic who inflicted his first defeat at the finals. 6-7, 7-6, 3-6, once again the smallest of details decided who left the court as the winner.
Both collected very similar statistics, with the Dane’s 18 aces being particularly impressive. For over three hours, both hit the balls around their ears, making it all the more annoying that it wasn’t enough in the end.
“I have to look forward and take the things from the match that I was happy with, take the things out of the match that I wasn’t happy with and go back to training tomorrow and try to improve them. ”
My Tsitsipas Rune tip
Everything is at stake for Stefanos Tsitsipas and Holger Rune on Wednesday, as they both started the final with a defeat. But there is one player who left the more convincing impression on us.
Rune lost by the skin of his teeth to Novak Djokovic after three hours, while Tsitsipas had no chance against Jannik Sinner. As a result, I’m backing the Dane as the favorite and making my predictions:
Rune wins against Tsitsipas!