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ATP World Tour Finals preview and odds: Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer


Published on: 16/11/2015

Novak Djokovic was crowned champion at last year’s event when Roger Federer withdraw from the final with an injury. This year, the two have been drawn together in the new-look ‘Stan Smith Group’ and will go head-to-head on Tuesday evening.

The Serb began the defence of his title with a comprehensive 6-1 6-1 win over Japan’s Kei Nishikori and remains on target to end the year with a fourth straight WTF title. The demolition job took just 65 minutes as Djokovic sent out an ominous message to his rivals. The victory also confirmed his position as the 2015 World No.1.

A fourth World Tour title would add even more gloss to what has been a remarkable year for the 28-year-old. He is certainly on the right track having been unbeaten in his last 23 matches.

Federer still going strong

In the day’s other game, Roger Federer could not quite match the dominance shown by his rival but still took just 69 minutes to dispose of Tomas Berdych by a 6-4 6-2 score-line. Remarkably, the Swiss player is attempting to win his seventh WTF title having won the event six times already with his last victory coming back in 2011.

The World No.3 was beaten by Djokovic in the 2012 final and the pair were due to meet again in last year’s final before Federer’s withdrawal. This year the 34-year-old will be keen to eradicate the memory of that ‘walkover’ by defeating the Serb on Tuesday night.

If he is going to beat his rival, he will have to start the game better than he did on Sunday, when he served two double-faults and dropped his serve in the opening exchanges against Berdych.

Betting predictions

Djokovic is in irresistible form both physically and mentally. Despite his exploits throughout the season, he always seems to find an extra reserve of energy for these end-of-season showdowns. Against Nishikori, he looked fresh, fit and focused and could make life very difficult for Federer on Tuesday night.

However, Federer is capable of stealing a set and you can back Over 2.5 sets at 13/8 with Bet365. You can also back the Serb to win 2-1 at 3/1, also with Bet365.

Published on: 16/11/2015

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (16/11/2015 16:02:37) but are subject to change.