The ultimate day of round-robin play on the Nitto ATP Finals will see a winner-takes-all match within the singles Purple Group, whereas three doubles groups vie for one remaining semi-final spot within the Inexperienced Group on Friday in Turin.
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev will meet for the eleventh time to find out which man advances to the singles semi-finals alongside Novak Djokovic, who will search to remain excellent on the week when he takes on Daniil Medvedev.
Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic, who’ve sealed their progress to the knockout rounds, face Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios in night doubles motion after high seeds Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski tackle Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek to start the day’s play.
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 Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) vs.  Andrey Rublev
Tsitsipas was on the verge of falling to 0-2 late in a high-quality match in opposition to Medvedev, after failing to transform on three match factors within the second-set tie-break. However the Greek managed to battle again from 3-5 within the third, breaking as his opponent served for the match and finally claiming a hard-fought victory, 6-3, 6-7(11), 7-6(1), after two hours and 21 minutes.
As he did in his Cincinnati win in opposition to Medvedev, Tsitsipas succeeded in breaking down the previous World No. 1’s defences by attacking the online. On Wednesday, he received 36 of 45 internet factors (80 per cent), typically coming in behind his serve.
“I am working daily to introduce [serve and volleying] again into my recreation,” Tsitsipas mentioned in a post-match press convention. “To have just about my opponent guessing a bit extra, not get snug each single time.
“It has type of been misplaced through the years in our sport. Not many gamers do this any extra. I believe it is essential to stay a giant a part of the sport and to have extra gamers play it on TV, in entrance of stadiums, massive crowds. It is a good looking type of transition from the serve to the online. It introduces so many issues. It is tennis modernised, however on the identical time protecting its aggressive parts of the sport.”
The serve-and-volley tactic could also be Tsitsipas’ greatest methodology of getting on the assault in opposition to Rublev on this must-win match, with the winner by means of to the semis. Whereas the Greek’s first two Turin opponents — Djokovic and Medvedev — had been content material to remain stable from the baseline, the explosive Rublev shall be extra desperate to land the primary punch within the rallies.
Tsitsipas leads the pair’s ATP Head2Head sequence 6-4, together with a 2-0 mark this season with three-set wins in Madrid and Astana. Rublev’s most up-to-date win got here eventually 12 months in Turin.
“We have been enjoying good tennis,” Tsitsipas mentioned of their rivalry, which started on the 2018 Intesa Sanpaolo Subsequent Gen ATP Finals, a event received by Tsitsipas one 12 months earlier than he lifted the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals trophy in his event debut. “We have had matches in opposition to one another previously, lengthy matches, shorter matches, every kind of matches, just about all surfaces.”
The opponents match up effectively throughout the board, with no main benefits to be discovered within the INSIGHTS Shot High quality statistics, which think about a wide range of metrics to attain stokes on a 10-point scale.
Rublev will hope to get again within the win column in opposition to Tsitsipas — and advance to the Turin semis for his first time in three appearances — by harnessing his improved psychological recreation and discovering his greatest stage on the court docket. The 25-year-old recognized his emotional management as a key in his opening Turin win in opposition to Medvedev, and he spoke additional on the subject in his newest presser.
“A little bit little bit of all the pieces,” he mentioned, explaining how he works on the psychological side of his recreation. “Clearly off the court docket. Additionally typical conditions in life if you end up burdened or when you will have some issues. Even attempt to face them calm in actual life, as a result of it occurs each day. Somebody crosses you with a automobile and also you get frustration, ? Attempt to face it, and it does not matter, face it calm. Even these issues will help you.
“Additionally clearly working extra particularly with [my team]. Additionally on the court docket, to begin to do it in apply. You are able to do it each day by your self, plus doing movies and meditations, stuff like that. So there may be loads of issues.”
Who will declare the SF spot?
Tsitsipas in two units
Tsitsipas in three units
Rublev in two units
Rublev in three units
 Daniil Medvedev vs.  Novak Djokovic (SER)
Though Medvedev can not attain the semis, this guarantees to be a high-octane match with the fourth seed eager to complete his season on a excessive word and snap a seven-match dropping streak in opposition to High 10 opponents. He faces a tall job in opposition to the in-form Djokovic.
The Serbian has but to drop a set or drop serve within the loaded Purple Group, dealing with only one break level throughout his wins in opposition to Tsitsipas and Rublev. He referred to as his 6-4, 6-1 victory in opposition to Rublev “among the finest matches I performed this 12 months”, declaring the various free factors he received on function a key.
Feeling brisker than ever at this stage of the season, owing to his restricted schedule in 2022, Djokovic has made the right begin in his bid to match Roger Federer’s report six titles on the Nitto ATP Finals.
“The upside of not enjoying many tournaments is that you’ll be brisker than once you’re enjoying much more, which is logical,” the Serbian mentioned. “On the identical time, it was a really uncommon 12 months for me by way of my season. I missed some massive tournaments, two out of 4 Slams.
“To have the ability to play as effectively I’m enjoying previously few months is one thing I am very grateful for and I labored arduous for as a result of I had extra time to coach, to practise. I did spend fairly a little bit of time with my coach and with my group on the court docket, off the court docket, attempting to excellent my recreation.”
The newest assembly between Djokovic and Medvedev was shaping as much as be one of many matches of the 2022 season, however Medvedev was pressured to retire after the pair cut up units within the Astana semi-finals. Whereas their newest assembly is not going to have the drama of an elimination match, there may be nonetheless rather a lot on the road — together with 200 Pepperstone ATP Rankings factors and $383,300 in prize cash.
On this matchup of two of the sport’s final lockdown baseliners, Medvedev shall be searching for his first win in opposition to Djokovic for the reason that 2021 US Open ultimate as he bids to enhance upon his 4-7 report of their ATP Head2Head rivalry. He’s additionally hoping to snap that seven-match dropping streak in opposition to High 10 opposition, which dates again to his defeat to Rafael Nadal within the Australian Open ultimate.
“It means I used to be not ok, and I’ve to be higher,” Medvedev mentioned of the streak. “Mentally, I do not care if I play a High 10 [opponent] or not. However tennis-wise it is harder to play a High 10 participant. Which means I’ve to play higher tennis in opposition to these guys. That is what I will attempt to do subsequent time as a result of there isn’t a different alternative.”
The two-0 report of Mektic/Pavic ensures them a spot within the semi-finals, however their place atop the Inexperienced Group shall be on the road Friday in opposition to Kokkinakis and Kyrgios. Each groups enter the competition on the again of a win, with the Aussies edging Dodig/Krajicek in a Match Tie-break on Day 4 to earn their first win of their Nitto ATP Finals debut.
Dodig/Krajicek are nonetheless within the hunt for the knockout rounds regardless of their 0-2 report, although they may want a win from Mektic/Pavic along with one in every of their very own to face an opportunity of progressing. The Croatian-American pair takes on Koolhof/Skupski, who had been honoured as ATP Doubles No. 1 offered by Pepperstone on Thursday on the Pala Alpitour.
“It’s unimaginable,” Skupski mentioned of the achievement. “We solely got here collectively in January. Considered one of our objectives was simply to make the Nitto ATP Finals. We’ve are available and received seven titles this 12 months and are available because the No. 1 seeds. So this can be a dream come true, to finish the 12 months No. 1.”
Koolhof/Skupski Honoured As ATP Doubles No. 1 offered by Pepperstone In Turin
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