ATP Finals Day 2 Predictions, Betting Odds, Picks

Written by: Andy Schooler
Updated October 14, 2022
3 min read
  • Djokovic to make a smooth start
  • Tsitsipas injury cloud a concern

ATP Finals Day Two Picks

Novak Djokovic to beat Casper Ruud and under 20.5 games at -121 at PointsBet

Atp Finals Day 2

Novak Djokovic vs Casper Ruud (1400 CET/0800 EST)

Monday’s order of play at the ATP Finals doesn’t look the most appealing from a betting perspective, sadly.

First up, tournament favorite Djokovic takes on debutant Ruud and it’s no surprise to see the world number one at a very short price – he’s also just 2/5 for a straight-sets win, odds which hardly leave me salivating.

Can some sort of case for Ruud be made? Well, he does have an underrated serve – he sits ninth for service games won on the ATP Tour in 2021, one place above Alex Zverev, and in conditions that are pretty fast he’ll hope to use that delivery to fend off his Serbian foe. A tie-break in the match is offered at around +200 – and there was one in each of Sunday’s matches.

Djokovic has also won just two of his last 11 matches in straight sets so hasn’t been displaying the sort of dominance of previous years ahead of this season-ending tournament.

Yet the top seed is one of the best returners in the game and it is in that department where there is a big difference between the two players. For service games won, there is less than one percentage point between the pair; for return games won, that gaps stretches beyond seven points (27.6% v 34.8%) and it widens even further when the hardcourt filter is applied.

I’d expect Djokovic to get into Ruud’s service games, maybe from the word go given Ruud will be playing at this event for the very first time and will surely bring some nerves.

It’s worth noting that Djokovic out-aced Ruud 12-2 on clay in their only previous meeting, something that doesn’t bode well for the Norwegian in these conditions.

The best value for this match, therefore, looks to be in backing Djokovic to win inside 20.5 games at -121.

Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Andrey Rublev (2100 CET/1500 EST)

The reason this clash makes little betting appeal is the injury cloud hanging over Tsitsipas.

He quit the recent Paris Masters with an arm injury which he later revealed had been bothering him for some time. On Friday’s media day, he said it was still causing him some pain.

The Greek, the winner of this event in 2019, hasn’t been in the best of form – maybe due to the problem – and playing carrying an injury against his fellow top-eight stars is unlikely to improve that situation.

Rublev beat Tsitsipas indoors earlier this season in Rotterdam and given his opponent’s problems, it could easily be argued he is the value pick at odds-against.

Yet the Russian has struggled of late too, losing five of his last seven matches and so I’m reluctant to pull the trigger on him.

My advice for this one would be to look at the live, in-play markets once you’ve had a chance to assess Tsitsipas’ fitness levels.

Play Fantasy Sports Here!

How We Rate
Affiliate Disclaimer
21+
Logo #1

FanDuel

4.8/5

Bet $5, Get $200 in Bonus Bets

21+ | Terms and conditions apply

Logo #2

BetRivers

4.1/5

$500 Bonus Bet

21+ | VA only | Gambling problem? Call 1-800-532-3500

How to Watch the ATP Finals

ATP Finals Information
What Nitto ATP Finals
Location Turin, Italy
Time Sunday, November 14 to Sunday, November 21
How to Watch Tennis Channel

 

21+ | Terms and conditions apply
Claim Now
Image for Andy Schooler

Andy Schooler

Tennis Betting Analyst

Expertise:
Tennis
Betting Picks
Andy is a sports journalist of more than 20 years’ experience and is a former betting editor of the UK-based website, Sporting Life. He has specialized in tennis for many years, previewing hundreds of ATP Tour events and reporting from tournaments such as the ATP Finals and Davis Cup final. Andy has also covered numerous other sports, with a particular interest in soccer and cricket.
Nationality: British
Education: N/A
Favourite Sportsbook: FanDuel Sportsbook
Favourite Casino: Party Casino
Experience:
20 years
We've been featured on:
espn logo
reuters logo
cbs-news logo
forbes logo
entrepreneur logo
entrepreneur logo
We only list licensed sportsbooks
WorldSportsNetwork
WorldSportsNetwork
WorldSportsNetwork
WorldSportsNetwork
WorldSportsNetwork

We support responsible gambling. Gambling can be addictive, please play responsibly. If you need help, call 1-800-Gambler.

WSN.com is managed by Gentoo Media. Unless declared otherwise, all of the visible content on this site, such as texts and images, including the brand name and logo, belongs to Innovation Labs Limited (a Gentoo Media company) - Company Registration Number C44130, VAT ID: MT18874732, @GIG Beach Triq id-Dragunara, St. Julians, STJ3148, Malta.

Advertising Disclosure: WSN.com contains links to partner websites. When a visitor to our website clicks on one of these links and makes a purchase at a partner site, World Sports Network is paid a commission.

Copyright © 2024