Novak Djokovic vs Andrey Rublev
November 17, 2021 10:00 am EDT
Novak Djokovic of Serbia will take on Russian Andrey Rublev in the Group Stages of the 2021 ATP Finals. The match is scheduled to be played on Wednesday November 17th, 2021 at 10:00am EST.
World number one Novak Djokovic is aiming for yet another year end ATP Finals title after securing the number one title to end the year. Andrey Rublev has had a solid yet unspectacular season and will be hoping to end it on a major high. Can he cause the huge upset? Or is Djokovic destined to win and move on to the Semi-Finals?
Novak Djokovic is the number one ranked player in the world and is the top seed here at the 2021 Nitto ATP Finals. The Serbian has had yet another supremely consistent season this year but is still hurting from the Final loss to Daniil Medvedev at the US Open, costing him the chance to break the all-time Grand Slam titles record. He is out for blood here at the ATP Finals to avenge that loss and prove that he still has it. He has seemed in great shape so far here in Turin, defeating Casper Ruud in his first match so a win here will seal his place in the Semi-Finals.
Andrey Rublev is ranked #6 in the world and while he had a solid season in 2021, he didn’t win a big title and will be hoping to surprise everyone by lifting the trophy here in Turin. He started extremely well here, defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets to put himself in a great position to move on to the Semis. His big power baseline game is very well suited to these quick indoor courts, and he has the ability to hit through Djokovic at times, something that will go in his favor despite being the underdog.
Despite Rublev’s fine form, we are talking about the best player in history in Novak Djokovic, and I think that it will be too big of an ask to expect the Russian to get the win here. We all know that Djokovic saves his best tennis for these big tournaments, and he seems determined to win this one. Rublev will put up a spirited fight but will ultimately go down in two very close sets here at the 2021 ATP Finals.