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Tennis betting tips: Thiem to edge thriller

The ATP Finals conclude today and for only the third time in 16 years the singles final at the season-ending tournament in London will not feature at least one of the 'big three'.

Roger Federer's semi-final defeat yesterday meant he followed Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal out of the tournament and set up a youthful-looking finale.

Fortunately it has been a good week for our tennis betting tips and we have three more for today's final at the O2.

Sunday's tennis betting tips

Here are our tennis tips today:

[All odds correct at time of publication]

Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Dominic Thiem

Tsitsipas ended Federer's bid for a seventh ATP Finals title after the 21-year-old Greek beat the Swiss star 6-3 6-4.

Thiem had beaten both Djokovic and Federer during the group stage so both finalists will be full of confidence heading into both today's match and next year.

Tsitsipas prevented Federer reaching the heights he scaled while dismantling Djokovic two days earlier.

Despite forcing 12 break points he converted just one, while Tsitsipas broke the 20-time grand slam champion three times.

"I'm proud of myself, how hard I fought, how concentrated I stayed in the break points," said Tsitsipas.

"I didn't crack under pressure. I was very composed and very mature in my decisions."

Thiem, the world number five, saw off defending champion Zverev 7-5 6-3 to give us another winning tennis betting prediction.

The Austrian had never made it out of the group stages in three previous appearances in North Greenwich, but he has been the stand-out player all week.

Thiem, twice a French Open runner-up, said: "This is a big, big dream come true for me. It is one of the biggest and most prestigious tournaments of the whole year and I'm getting the chance to play the final.

"It is unreal to me and to beat the defending champion, a very good friend and unbelievable player - it is an unbelievable achievement. I'm very, very happy."

The tennis odds suggest the final should be a thriller, with Thiem the slight favourite at 5/6 and Tsitsipas evens to go all the way on his debut at the O2.

The head-to-head record suggests Thiem should perhaps be a stronger favourite. He has won four of their six previous meetings and won three out of four on hard courts, including their most recent clash.

That was at the China Open in Beijing last month when Thiem came from a set down to triumph 3-6 6-4 6-1 and Thiem to win again is the first of our tennis predictions for today.

Both players have won at least a set in three of the past five meetings so that appeals at 13/10, while the last of today's tips is Thiem to win the first set 7-6 at 4/1.

The opening set in all four of his matches this week has gone to at least 12 games, including two tie-breaks, while Tsitsipas has also been involved in two first-set tie-breaks.

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Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Tennis