2016 Nitto ATP Finals champion Andy Murray thinks world No. 1 Novak Djokovic will beat Dominic Thiem in the first semifinal at The O2 Arena and tipped Rafael Nadal to end on the winning side against Daniil Medvedev in the following semifinal.
“From what I saw the intensity was different,’ Murray said of Djokovic’s win over Alexander Zverev during a Twitch chat with Gael Monfils, as quoted on Metro UK. “After the match with Medvedev it became a straight knockout and he was going to put everything into that match.
“I’m hoping he carries that into the knockout stages. For me, he’s still the favourite for the event.” When asked directly if his pick for the Djokovic and Thiem clash was the Serb, Murray replied: “Yep.”
Murray says tough to go against Nadal in the Medvedev clash
Nadal, who recently equaled Roger Federer’s all-time Grand Slam record of 20 Majors captured, is aiming to win his maiden Nitto ATP Finals title at the age of 34.
“Tough match,” Murray added. “I think this is a very close match. ‘For me, either of them are a good pick for this match. Could go either way. “It’s funny how tennis works. A few weeks ago you probably would have taken Rafa and then two weeks later that changes based on Paris and how Daniil has played so far this week.
“I think I’ve got to take Rafa. I think I need to take Rafa in that match. “I could say Daniil but I do think it’s a close match and I’ve seen Rafa win many matches over the year in these sorts of tournaments and like I said at the beginning of the week, I think he’s very motivated to win the tournament and he played well, maybe not as well in the first two matches but he deserved to win against Stefanos [Tsitsipas].”
Meanwhile, world No. 10 Matteo Berrettini also spoke about the semifinals as he said, per SportFace: “I played with everyone here in London, except Nadal. On free days he always trains with Moya. I see Medvedev well but it’s tough against Nadal.
The winner of the ATP Finals? I can’t tell. There will certainly be two great semifinals and then there will be a super final. Rafa is adapting to the indoors court. Djokovic has a little less energy but he has only lost three matches this year and when the level rises he is always there.”