By Ros Satar

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Novak Djokovic arrives fresh from helping guide Serbia to a win at the ATP Cup but can he be stopped?

 

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[1] Rafael Nadal

Nadal was a pivotal team member in the Davis Cup Finals and the ATP Cup, but towards the end of the inaugural season-opening team competition, he began to look a little fatigued. However he has a more than generous draw. There are danger points from the quarter-finals onward and it will be key for Nadal to conserve energy.

Nadal’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Hugo Dellien | First Meeting
  • R2: Joao Sousa | Nadal leads H2H 3-0
  • R3: Pablo Carreno Busta [27] | Nadal leads H2H 4-0
  • R4: Karen Khachanov [16] | Nadal leads H2H 7-0
  • QF: Dominic Thiem [5] | Nadal leads H2H 9-4
  • SF: Daniil Medvedev [4] | Nadal leads H2H 3-0
  • F: Novak Djokovic [2] | Djokovic leads H2H 29-26

 

[2] Novak Djokovic

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Just on performances at the ATP Cup to go on, Djokovic looked in imperious form, winning all his singles rubbers and winning twice in the doubles. It looked like the perfect preparation, and his path to the final on paper

Djokovic’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Jan-Lennard Struff | Djokovic leads H2H 2-0
  • R2: Tatsuma Ito | First Meeting
  • R3: Dan Evans [30] | First Meeting
  • R4: Diego Schwartzman [14] | Djokovic leads H2H 3-0
  • QF: Stefanos Tsitsipas [6] | H2H tied at 2-2
  • SF: Roger Federer [3] | Djokovic leads H2H 26-23
  • F: Rafael Nadal [1] | Djokovic leads H2H 29-26

 

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[3] Roger Federer

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Federer pulled out of the ATP Cup so comes in with no prior warm-up but given the emotional and physical toll the ATP Cup may have had on some players – could he come out on top? He has a very reasonable looking draw but has wound up in Djokovic’s half and there he may come unstuck.

Federer’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Steve Johnson | Federer leads H2H 2-0
  • R2: Filip Krajinovic | Federer leads H2H 3-0
  • R3: Hubert Hurkacz [31] | Federer leads H2H 1-0
  • R4: Denis Shapovalov [13] | Federer leads H2H 1-0
  • QF: Matteo Berrettini [8] | Federer leads H2H 2-0
  • SF: Novak Djokovic [2] | Djokovic leads H2H 26-23
  • F: Rafael Nadal [1] | Nadal leads H2H 24-16

 

[4] Daniil Medvedev

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If anyone is poised to shake up the Big Three, it could be the lanky Russian. After his amazing run of finals in the hard court summer, he only came unstuck against Djokovic in the ATP Cup, and his draw could see him certainly surpassing last year’s run to the fourth round.

Medvedev’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Frances Tiafoe | Medvedev leads H2H 1-0
  • R2: Dominik Koepfer | First Meeting
  • R3: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga [28] | Medvedev leads H2H 2-1
  • R4: Stan Wawrinka [15] | First Meeting
  • QF: Alexander Zverev [7] | Zverev leads H2H 5-1
  • SF: Rafael Nadal [1] | Nadal leads H2H 3-0
  • F: Novak Djokovic [2] | Djokovic leads H2H 4-2

 

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