ATP Finals: Carlos Alcaraz, Novak Djokovic and all you need to know

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The ATP year-end tournament, aptly titled the ATP Finals, gets underway on Sunday, November 12. There are as many as 1,500 points available to an undefeated winner. This year, a final featuring Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic would be most fitting, but will there be a No. 1 ranking at stake if that happens?

The ATP Finals features the eight players who have accrued the most ATP points since the previous year’s ATP Finals. For instance, Holger Rune made the tournament even though he is currently ranked No. 10 on the ATP tour, but since the last ATP Finals, he has earned enough points to qualify.

And those that qualify have a chance to make a lot of money. The tournament is a round-robin event with two groups of four followed by semifinal matches and then the final. If a player sweeps through all their matches, they would earn $4,801,500. If each player loses a match, the winner of the final would still make $2,201,000.

For each semifinal winner will receive $1,105,000. And for every match won during the round-robin stage, the player will receive $390,000. Just by showing up to the tournament and not winning a match, a player would make $325,500.

Could we see a Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic final at the 2023 ATP Finals?

The tournament will have matches in both singles and doubles. The doubles works the same way as the singles: The eight doubles teams that have accrued the most points since last year’s Finals make this year’s Finals. The money is less for doubles, however, as an undefeated champion would receive $943,650, which is still quite a bit.

The tournament is held in Turin, Italy, and will last from November 12 through November 19. The event director is Adam Hogg. All matches will be held indoors on a hard court. The eight singles players are Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev, Jannik Sinner, Andrey Rublev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, and Holger Rune.

Most nations and regions will be able to watch the tournament on television. Here is a listing of who is carrying the ATP finals where. In the UK, Amazon Prime Video will show the event, the United States can watch on the Tennis Channel, and Australia can watch on beIN SPORTS Australia.

The 2022 ATP Finals were won by Novak Djokovic (of course!) after he defeated Casper Ruud in the final 7-5 6-3. Djokovic is tied for the most wins all-time at the event with six. Roger Federer has also won six times, and Federer has won the most matches ever (59).

Djokovic is the top seed and Carlos Alcaraz is the second seed. The problem for Alcaraz is that he has been struggling with his game lately. He has lost before reaching the quarterfinals in the last two tournaments he has played, so one might wonder how Carlos Alcaraz will do at this year’s ATP Finals.

Alcaraz is still hoping to retake the No. 1 ranking from Djokovic. Carlos Alcaraz could sweep through the event and earn 1,500 points which would put him 10 points ahead of Djokovic. But that’s only if Djokovic doesn’t win any matches at the ATP Finals. If the Serb wins even one match, he will have enough points to be the year-end No. 1 player for the eighth time in his career (which is, of course, a record).

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