The latest season of the ATP Tour is drawing to a close and the stage is set for its prestigious season-ending event - the ATP World Tour Finals.
The world's top eight male players will lock horns at the Pala Alpitour in Turin this week, looking to make their mark at the end of 2023.
Novak Djokovic is defending champion and unsurprising 11/8 favourite for the title, while shot Carlos Alcaraz prepares for his tournament debut.
|What||ATP World Tour Finals|
|Where||Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy|
|When||12th November - 19th November, 2023|
|How to watch||Amazon Prime Video|
|Odds||Novak Djokovic 11/8, Carlos Alcaraz 7/2, Jannik Sinner 5/1, Daniil Medvedev 6/1, Stefanos Tsitsipas 14/1|
Serbian ace Djokovic has won each of the last three tournaments in which he has competed, taking the title at the Cincinnati Masters, the US Open and, only last Sunday, the Paris Masters.
He is finishing the season at his irrepressible best and opportunity knocks for the veteran in Turin this month.
Djokovic has been drawn in the Green Group in the event's round-robin stage and will compete alongside Jannik Sinner, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Holger Rune for a place in the semi-finals.
And there is plenty riding on this tournament for the Serbian, who is tied with Roger Federer on six ATP World Tour Finals titles - one more would put him into the lead.
Not only that but Djokovic is also on the brink of finishing the year as number one in the ATP rankings for the eighth time in his career.
If Djokovic were to go all the way in Turin, it would also represent his 98th tour-level title, leaving him just two shy of the prestigious 100 mark, which only Jimmy Connors and Federer have previously reached.
While there will be plenty of eyes on Djokovic in Italy this month, Alcaraz should also draw a fair bit of attention.
It has been another exhilarating campaign from the Spaniard, who reached the semi-finals of the French Open and claimed his maiden Wimbledon title at the expense of Djokovic.
This season's ATP Tour has been all about the intensifying rivalry between Alcaraz and Djokovic and the odds suggest the pair could again meet in a final in Turin.
But while Djokovic is chasing records at the 2023 ATP World Tour Finals, Alcaraz has never before appeared in the tournament and it will be intriguing to see how the youngster copes with its demands.
He heads into the tournament off the back of underwhelming performances at the Shanghai and Paris Masters but has won 63 of his 73 matches in 2023, picking up six titles in the process.
Djokovic and Alcaraz dominate the betting for the ATP World Tour Finals but Medvedev is an interesting outsider in Turin.
In the 2022 edition of the tournament, four of the top five seeds at the event failed to go beyond the group stage and it is no forgone conclusion that the tournament's top two will make the final this time around.
Medvedev is one player who could upset the order of things, having won 64 of his 80 matches this year, and he will be looking to put things right after last year's calamity at the end-of-season tournament.
In the 2022 ATP World Tour Finals, Medvedev lost all three of his matches, having arguably failed to cope with the weight of expectation after making the final the season before.
That expectation is not as heavy this time around and Medvedev has looked sharp of late, making the final of the US Open before also finishing as a runner-up at ATP 500 events in Beijing and Vienna.
He already has five titles to his name on the ATP tour and will be eager to cause a stir at the Pala Alpitour.
Fourth seed Sinner is another to keep an eye on in Turin, where he can count on the support of a home crowd.
The Italian won a title only last month, defeating Medvedev in the final of the Vienna Open, and is preparing for his debut as a direct qualifier after featuring twice as an alternate back in 2021.
Hubert Hurkacz and Taylor Fritz occupy the alternate positions this time around.