Nov 16, 2023, 11:08 ET
The Green Group Drama at Nitto ATP Finals
The Green Group of the Nitto ATP Finals is set to deliver a thrilling and captivating outcome. Novak Djokovic, the six-time “Maestro” and top favorite for the title, showcased his dominance by defeating Hubert Hurkacz 7-6 (1), 4-6, and 6-1, concluding his Round Robin performance. However, the classification of Djokovic to the semifinals hinges on the result between Jannik Sinner (4th) and Holger Rune (8th).
Djokovic’s Journey in the Group Stage
The Serbian maestro commenced the competition with a remarkable three-set victory against the Danish player Rune. He then faced a setback in the tie-breaker of the third set against the local favorite Sinner, who ignited the crowd in Turin with his triumph. Consequently, Djokovic entered the final group match against Hurkacz, who replaced the injured Tsitsipas but proved to be a formidable opponent.
A Hard-Fought Victory for Djokovic
Although Djokovic emerged victorious, he couldn’t secure a straight-set win, which would have significantly improved his chances of advancing to the direct elimination round. Hurkacz, known for his lightning-fast serves, posed a challenge to the world number one and 24-time Grand Slam champion, snatching a set and jeopardizing Djokovic’s path in the Italian city.
The Fate of Djokovic Hangs in the Balance
With a record of two wins and one loss, Djokovic’s future relies on the outcome of the match between Sinner, who has already secured a spot in the semifinals, and Rune. The scenario is straightforward: an Italian victory automatically guarantees his second-place finish in the group, while a triumph by the Nordic player will unexpectedly eliminate Djokovic.
Djokovic’s Perspective on the Situation
After his match against Hurkacz, Djokovic expressed his satisfaction with his performance and downplayed the possibility of being eliminated from the tournament. “My work is done, it doesn’t matter if I qualify or not,” he confidently stated on the court.
Upcoming Match and Broadcast Information
Sinner and Rune are scheduled to face each other at 5:00 p.m. (ARG). Catch all the action of the ATP Finals exclusively on ESPN and STAR+.