ATP Finals 2018 Betting Predictions, Tips & Odds
The 2018 Nitto ATP Finals begin at London’s O2 Arena on Sunday. The top 8 players in the world will compete in the season-ending tournament from Nov 11-17, and the big question is whether anyone can stop Novak Djokovic, who reclaimed the number one ranking after winning Wimbledon and the US Open.
World number 2 Rafael Nadal and number 4 Juan Martin del Potro have withdrawn from the tournament with injuries, giving Kei Nishikori and John Isner the remaining spots. Djokovic, Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic, and Isner form one group. Roger Federer, Kevin Anderson, Dominic Thiem, and Nishikori form the other.
Introducing the ATP Finals Contenders
Novak Djokovic (1.61 at Bet365) is the man to beat. The Serb started the year poorly following a six-month recovery from injury, but clicked into gear before Wimbledon and has barely put a foot wrong since. He’s won 31 of his last 33 games, including titles at Wimbledon, the Cincinnati Masters, the US Open, and Shanghai Masters.
Roger Federer (3.25 at Unibet) has won a record 6 ATP Finals titles and will be looking to improve on a relatively poor season from his perspective. The Swiss legend actually recorded a career-best 17-0 start to the season, including a 6th Australian Open title, but has gone 29-8 since then and failed to get past the quarters in any of the majors.
Alexander Zverev (11.00 at TopBetta) reached his first grand slam quarter-final at Roland Garros this year. He maintained his top-5 ranking off the back of winning his third Masters title in Madrid (over Thiem) and finals at the Miami Open (losing to Isner) and Italian Open (losing to Nadal).
Marin Cilic (13.00 at PointsBet) reached a career-high ranking of 3 after making the Australian Open final in January, but he wasn’t able to sustain that form throughout the year. His 2018 highlight came on grass at the Queens Club Championships, where he beat Djokovic in the final after saving a match point in the second set.
Kei Nishikori (23.00 at Neds) returned in January from a 5-month injury layoff, and progressively got better as the season went on, making 3 finals. He lost to Nadal at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, 16th-ranked Russian Daniil Medvedev at home at the Japan Open, and Anderson at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna.
Kevin Anderson (26.00 at MadBookie) returns to London full of confidence after making the final at Wimbledon this year. Aged 32, he has enjoyed a career-best season in 2018, winning two tournaments, including the inaugural New York Open. His Wimbledon semi-final win over Isner was the second-longest match in grand slam history, lasting 6 hours and 36 minutes.
Dominic Thiem (26.00 at Ladbrokes) made his first grand slam final this year, losing to Rafa Nadal at the French Open. The clay court specialist didn’t have as much success in the hard-court season, and goes in an underdog in London.
John Isner (29.00 at Bookmaker.com.au) is another veteran enjoying a career-best season. Aged 33, he reached a career-high ranking of 8 this year while making the round of 16 at Roland Garros, semi-finals at Wimbledon, and the quarters at the US Open.