Finishing off in London
By Roger Childs
Outside the four grand slams this is the most important tournament of the year. Only the top eight ranked men’s players take part in the Barclays Indoor ATP Finals. Italian Matteo Berretini was the last to qualify and joined Daniil Medvedev of Russia and Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas as first timers in this prestigious event. Berrettini was the first Italian to qualify since 1975.
This year’s group came from eight different European countries, so there was no American, Australian, Brit or Canadian.
The three all-time greats — Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – were the top seeds and last year’s winner, Alexander Zverev, along with Austrian Dominic Thiem, were also back to make up the eight for 2019.
Top two seeds miss out
World number one Rafael Nadal has never won the tournament and won’t this year either. He won two of his round robin matches, but that was not enough to qualify.
Zverev and Tstispas are into the semis from his side of the draw. Meanwhile in the other group, Federer after having lost his first round-robin match to Thiem, beat Berrettini in two sets, then knocked out Djokovic 6-3 6-2 in a brilliant performance before a sell-out crowd.
So the semi finals match up
Federer and Tsitsipas
Zverev and Thiem