Devastating Djokovic preparing for last ATP Finals group game
Coral preview the final round-robin Group A games of the ATP World Tour Finals at London’s O2 Arena, with Novak Djokovic up first against Tomas Berdych, followed by Stan Wawrinka versus Marin Cilic.
World number one and defending champion Djokovic has been in absolutely devastating form so far, dropping just five games in his opening two fixtures with Cilic and Wawrinka. The Serb is now the odds-on 2/5 favourite for his fourth ATP Finals title.
Djokovic is also heavily fancied to beat Berdych at 1/12, but is a slightly more enticing 3/10 chance to do so without dropping a set, as he has done in his last three matches against the Czech. This year’s Wimbledon winner can hold on to his top ranking status by triumphing in this encounter.
Berdych (66/1 tournament chance), though, has has one win this tournament, against Cilic, did gain his second victory (in 18 meetings) against Djokovic in 2013 at the Rome Masters. So he can be backed at 13/2 to defeat him again, and 12/1 for a 2-1 scoreline.
Following Djokovic’s thumping 6-3 6-0 win over Wawrinka, he said: “Obviously Stan wasn’t feeling his best today. He made a lot of unforced errors, a low percentage of first serves in.
“On my side, I just played very solid from all over the court. I think I covered the court very well, got a lot of balls back, mixed up the pace, got him off the comfort zone. That’s something that was part of my game plan.
“After I lost the first two games, obviously I didn’t start so great. I thought he played very well the first two games. But I wasn’t frustrated, I kept my calm. After that, it was a really amazing performance.”
US Open champion Cilic, meanwhile, is all-but out of the tournament, but first has to face Australian Open title holder Wawrinka the battle of Grand Slam winners this year.
It looks as if the Croatian will leave without any points non the board, as he has lost his last three meetings with the Swiss number two. Wawrinka (20/1 ATP Finals chance) is odds-on at 2/5 to beat him again, and 11/10 to win 2-0.
Canadian Milos Raonic, meanwhile, had to withdraw from the tournament after his loss to Andy Murray, and was replaced by David Ferrer, who lost his match to Kei Nishikori.