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Tim Henman makes prediction for Daniil Medvedev v Stefanos Tsitsipas grudge ATP Finals match

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Tim Henman has explained why he believes Daniil Medvedev will begin his ATP Finals campaign by beating arch-rival Stefanos Tsitsipas.

In-form Russian Medvedev and Green sensation Tsitsipas go head-to-head in the season-ending event on Monday afternoon at the O2 Arena in London.

Despite being tipped to enjoy a decade at the top of the sport, world number six Tsitsipas has never beaten Medvedev and the pair clashed earlier this year in Miami.

Medvedev goes into the ATP Finals in fantastic form, having won 29 of his 32 matches ahead of this month’s Paris Masters and boasting a 59-18 record overall in 2019.

And former British number one Henman believes Medvedev’s consistency could prove vital as he bids to down Tsitsipas again and kick-start his ATP Finals campaign.

‘This is going to be a really interesting match,’ Henman told BBC Sport. ‘Medvedev is the one player who has taken a lot of people by surprise this year.

‘It’s not just been his level of play, but the consistently has been superb. He’s won a lot of tournaments, he’s been in final after final and he’s won big tournaments too.

‘I would give him the slight edge there but it’s going to be interesting to watch.’

In the opening match of the 2019 ATP Finals, last year’s runner-up and world number two Novak Djokovic crushed debutant Matteo Berrettini 6-2 6-1.

Reacting to the one-sided win, Djokovic said: ‘It feels great to be back in London. Earlier this year I had a great stay in London, and played well at Wimbledon.

‘Over the years I have played well in this arena and this event, which holds elite eight players. It’s a very successful tournament and I have enjoyed it very much.

‘I managed to play solidly throughout the match. I have been enjoying the conditions and this court for many, many years. Hopefully it continues this week.’


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