The 2022 ATP Tour Finals gets underway in Turin on Sunday and all eyes will be on Novak Djokovic as he bids to draw level with Roger Federer's record of six victories in the season-ending finale.
|What||ATP Tour Finals|
|Where||Pala Alpitour, Turin|
|When||13:00, Sunday 13th November 2022|
|How to watch||Amazon Prime|
|Odds||Novak Djokovic 11/8, Daniil Medvedev 4/1, Felix Auger Aliassime 11/2, Rafael Nadal|
The super Serb won the event in four straight renewals from 2012 to 2015 and, although having failed to triumph on his last five ATP Tour Finals starts, is 11/8 to go on and emulate the achievements of Federer this year.
The top two from each section in Turin, Italy, will advance to the semi-finals and the matches are scheduled to be played over a best-of-three format.
Alexander Zverev is the defending champion but he failed to qualify this year due to different long-term injuries, while the current world number one Carlos Alcaraz was ruled out with a muscular injury.
The draw appears to have been kind for Auger Aliassime as his three Green Group challengers all arrive in Turin with plenty to prove, making quotes of 6/4 for him to top the section look like serious value.
Having been beaten in nine finals previously, the 22-year-old only won his maiden title on the ATP Tour in Rotterdam in February, but that success has sparked him into life.
The Montreal man has been transformed by that title triumph and has won 16 of his last 17 matches, claiming a trio of titles since mid-October in Florence, Antwerp and Basel.
Auger Aliassime fell short in his pursuit of a fourth straight piece of silverware in Paris last week, losing in the semi-final to eventual champion Holger Rune, but that was another fine effort. The Canadian youngster has held his form well all season and is the man to beat in the Green Group, especially as 22-time Grand Slam champion Nadal has had injury issues.
The Spaniard returned to action for the first time since September's US Open at the Paris Masters earlier this month. However, he was soundly beaten in his opening match against Tommy Paul and the opposition here is considerably tougher.
Even so, Nadal has never won this event in ten previous attempts, so the 36-year-old may find it hard going given his likely lack of match sharpness.
Ruud is a two-time Grand Slam runner-up this season but his form has tailed off - losing four of his last five matches - while Fritz has to recover from a shock defeat to French veteran Gilles Simon in Paris last time out. At the prices, Auger Aliassime is fancied to win his group and could go on to land the outright spoils.
It has been an indifferent campaign for Djokovic, but being forced to miss two of the four Grand Slam events this season means he should be fresher than most.
Djokovic showed that to be the case when claiming back-to-back titles in Tel Aviv and Astana in October, and the only set he dropped across those nine victories came against Medvedev.
The 35-year-old built on that successw by making the Paris Masters final earlier this month and, although beaten from a set up by Rune, he had defeated Tsitsipas in the final four.
On current form, the Serb has the measure of Medvedev, who has slipped to world number five and was beaten by Alex De Minaur in Paris most recently.
Djokovic has won his last seven meetings with Tsitsipas and should do so again while group underdog Rublev, who has never made a semi-final of a Grand Slam, tends to be found out by the very best.
The Serbian star is 11/8 to be crowned champion and is probably a worthy favourite, but it is Auger Aliassime who perhaps boasts the most punting appeal.