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  • Keith Sobey


The 2019 ATP Tour season is almost over, but there’s still some important action at the NextGen ATP Tour year-end finals this week and the finale the ATP Tour year-end finals in London next week. The action at the NextGen finals kicked off yesterday and its format is a round robin, with two groups and four players in each group. There are three players who finished in the NextGen Race to Milan year-end top-eight who are not taking part this week; year-end winner Tsitsipas who plays at the main ATP Tour finals next week and third and fourth ranked Canadians, Felix Auger-Alisiamme and Dennis Shapovalov, who chose to miss the tournament.

Yesterday’s action kicked off with four matches, two from each group, and top seed De Minaur kicked off with a three-set win against Spaniard Davidovich Fokina, second seed Tiafoe disappointing season continued with a shock three set loss against talented Italian Sinner. Talented Serb and fourth seed Kecmanovic proved his talent with a comprehensive straight set win against Norwegian clay-court expert and third seed Rudd and finally, sixth seed Swede Ymer got the better of fifth seed Humbert in three sets.

The action continues today with another four matches, two from each group. From group A arguably the match of the day between top seed De Minaur and fourth seed Kemanovic, who will play each other for the first time and on current from De Minaur should edge this one in four sets. The other group A match is between clay court experts, fourth seed Rudd and eighth seed Davidovich Fokina and this one could easily go to five sets.

From group B second seed Tiafoe faces talented Frenchman Humbert for the first time and on current form Humbert has to be the call for a mini upset. Finally, sixth seed Ymer takes on seventh seed Sinner for the first time and this ones a tricky one to call, but I expect the more accomplished Italian to take this one.

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