Sunday's tennis betting tips: Dazzling Djokovic to end year on a high
The ATP season concludes on Sunday night when Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev fight it out in the championship match at the O2 Arena.
Djokovic booked his spot in the final with a comprehensive 6-2 6-2 victory over Kevin Anderson, a result which gave us our only winner from four tips with a straight-sets victory at 4/11.
Zverev stunned six-time champion Roger Federer 7-5 7-6 in the other semi-final which scuppered our hopes of a three-setter at 11/8.
Sunday's tennis betting tips
Here are our tennis predictions for Sunday:
[All odds correct at time of publication]
Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev
Djokovic and Zverev meet for the second time in the tournament on Sunday for the right to be crowned the ATP Finals champion.
On Wednesday, the Serbian ran out a 6-4 6-1 winner in the round-robin stage to take a 2-1 lead over Zverev in the head to head. He goes into the final as a 1/7 favourite having not lost a set in London on the back a 35-2 win/loss record since securing a fourth Wimbledon title.
Djokovic, looking to win the ATP Finals for a record-equalling sixth time, did not drop a set either when they met in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters two months ago so the tennis odds are clearly stacked against the 21-year-old German, who has won three titles this season.
Zverev is not without hope, though, as he is the only player to have held break points against Djokovic this week and he converted five of the eight chances he got against big-serving Marin Cilic (2/5), John Isner (1/1) and Federer (2/2).
Djokovic admitted finding it hard to read Zverev's serve in the opening set, but ahead of today's match he said of his opponent: "I'm expecting quite a different matchup for us than what it was in the group stage.
"That win can definitely serve as maybe a mental advantage a little bit coming into the match. But Sascha, even though he's...still considered a young player, he's an established player. He's shown why he deserves to be in the mix of the top players in the world."
Those are diplomatic words from the 14-time Grand Slam champion, who is not only the best returner in the world, he is also among the best server's, certainly for accuracy if not speed.
Since Wimbledon he has held serve nearly 91% of the time and against Cilic that was the percentage for points won on his second serve.
We expect Zverev to give the Wimbledon champion a hard time in patches but the first of our tennis tips is for Djokovic to win in straight sets again at 4/9.
Finally, we like the look of Djokovic to take the opening set 7-6 at 11/2 even though he has been taken to just one tie-break this week.
Wednesday's first set was a pretty close affair and after the match Zverev said: "Obviously I had chances in the first set. If I break him at 4-4, we'll see where the match goes. I think the match was much closer than the score says. For sure I feel that way."
Zverev's serve has been impressive in London, winning 88% of points on first serve against Federer, and that can hold him in good stead in the opening set although we still expect him to come up short.
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