Rafael Nadal will be aiming to claim his first ever ATP World Tour Finals title this evening as he faces Novak Djokovic in the final of the season’s curtain closer.
Nadal has already won all four of the Grand Slams, the Davis Cup and an Olympic gold but still hasn’t claimed the final tournament of the season.
The singles final is due to begin at around 8pm at the O2 Arena in London, following immediately after the doubles final.
As was expected before the tournament, defending champion Djokovic has made it all the way through and is the pre-match favourite to collect his second World Finals title.
He beat Roger Federer in straight sets last year and this year overcame Federer’s compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka in relative ease, 6-3, 6-3.
He now faces Nadal for the second time in just over two months after the pair met in the China Open final at the start of October, with Djokovic winning that meeting 6-4, 6-3.
Like Beijing, the ATP World Tour finals played on a hard court may play into Djokovic’s hands and Bet Victor provide the best odds on the Serb winning the match outright at 4/7.
Set betting is also provided by all the major bookies, and my Bet of the Day is on Djokovic to win two sets to one, with Sportingbet providing the best odds on that scoreline at 16/5.
Nadal has arguably been the player of the season on the ATP World Tour, so perhaps it would be apt if he were able to claim the final title of the campaign.
Of course, tennis isn’t as simple as that, but Nadal’s record in the tournament has been impressive; he’s only dropped on set during his four matches so far.
The Spaniard has already scooped ten titles this season, including the French Open and US Open, and lead the head to head against Nadal, 22-16.
He’s also won three of their five meeting this season, in the semis in France, the semis in the Montreal Masters, and the final of the US Open.
Betfred provide the best odds on Nadal taking his first World Tour Finals title this evening, offering 13/8.
In the final of the doubles tournament which has run concurrently with the singles tournament, the Bryan brothers face David Marreno and Fernando Verdasco.
Bob and Mike Bryan are three times winners of the World Tour finals, having already lifted the title in 2003, 2004 and 2009, and are considerable favourites ahead of making it a fourth today.
They beat second seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in straight sets in the semis, and Ladbrokes, amongst others, provide the best odds of 2/5 on them taking the title tonight.
It’s the first major final for Spanish duo Peya and Soares, and Bet 365 offer the best price on them causing an upset at 9/4.
You can watch the doubles final live on Sky Sports 3 from 6pm tonight, with the singles following the conclusion, both on Sky Sports 3 and BBC Three.
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