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Who are the eight contenders in the ATP World Tour Finals?

| 09.11.2018

The ATP World Tour Finals return this Sunday, with the week-long tournament taking place at London’s O2 Arena.

It’s the last tournament of the 2018 season, and gives the world’s top eight players the chance for an ideal send off. They’re split into two groups of four in the week-long showpiece.

With Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray among the absentees, the odds make Novak Djokovic firm favourite. But can anyone topple him?

The Favourite: Novak Djokovic – 8/13

The Serbian is the top seed ahead of the tournament, and is firm favourite in the betting.

He’s had a magnificent 2018, winning both Wimbledon and the US Open, and already has five ATP Finals titles under his belt.

Djokovic has beaten most of the players involved in the ATP Finals already this year, including wins over Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin Del Porto en route to glory in SW19.

The Dark Horse: Roger Federer – 11/4

The 37-year-old defied the usual laws of tennis by lifting Grand Slam titles into his late thirties. That included Australian Open glory earlier this year – though he fared less well at Wimbledon and the US Open.

His record against Djokovic is far better than that of any other player involved, though he’s been narrowly edged out 25-22 across the pair’s career head-to-heads.

The Outsiders: Alexander Zverev (10/1) / Marin Cilic (12/1) / Kei Nishikori (14/1)

It’s Zverev who leads this trio, with the up-and-coming 21-year-old enjoying an impressive 2018. Along the way, he won a third ATP 1000 title in Madrid, and reached the last eight at the French Open.

He’s followed by 12/1 shot Cilic, who has had a solid if – by his standards – slightly disappointing year.

As for Nishikori, the Japanese ace will be hoping to build on his recent semi-final berth at Flushing Meadows with joy in the English capital.

Back of the pack: Kevin Anderson (20/1), Dominic Thiem (25/1), John Isner (28/1)

These three find themselves at the blunt end of the market. But Anderson is the most likely of them to cause an upset. The man with the monster serve reached the final at Wimbledon, but whether he can show that form consistently remains to be seen.

Youngster Thiem also made a grand slam final in 2018, beating Nishikori and Zverev en route to the final at the French Open.

Last in the betting is Isner. He’s boosted his reputation significantly this year, but is in illustrious company here.

Click here for the latest ATP World Tour Finals odds.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.