For the first time since 1994, three of the four semifinalists at the season finale will be the former champion. Novak Djokovic, the winner of the Green Group, continues the journey to win the sixth record Nitto ATP Finals Crown, and will play the title in 2018 Alexander Zverev on Saturday, while world No. 2 and defending champion Daniil Medvedev, the winner of the Red Team, is waiting for Rublev or Ruud.
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So will it be Rublev or Ruud its creator? History is in favor of Rublev, who holds a 4-0 ATP Head2Head record against Ruud in the first qualifying round, and has won eight consecutive sets against the Norwegian after losing the first set they had ever played.
But momentum is on Ruud’s side. While Rublev got off to a strong start in Turin with a win Stefanos Tsitsipas, he admitted to being “rushed, over-thinking” during Wednesday’s loss to Djokovic. Ruud, the five-time ATP Tour champion in the best season of his career, opened his campaign with a loss to Djokovic, but then secured a confidence-boosting win over his substitute Cameron Norrie.
Ruud hopes to bring all the momentum from his powerful finish against Norrie to Friday’s clash and has vowed to try to do things differently with Rublev: “Of course, I’ll try. went out of my way to bring something new on Friday and challenge him in a way that was different from what I’ve done before, because it hadn’t worked out the way I wanted before,” he said.
In tonight’s session, Djokovic aims to complete the scoring circle with a 3-0 record, but Norrie is still determined to make an impression. “It’s going to be tough, but I’m looking forward to it,” Norrie said before his first meeting with Djokovic.
Djokovic, who has a 50-6 head-to-head record in 2021, said, “I always enjoy playing new players, especially at one of the greatest tournaments in the world in Turin. Cameron deserves to be there. he’s made his way to Turin with great wins in Indian Wells and several other tournaments, so it will be fun to watch him play Ruud tonight and me will be ready for his next match.”
FOLLOW THIS WEEK’S ACTION
In double action, it all takes place at the Red Group on Friday. If Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury beat Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, the US-British pair won the Red Group with Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut second place. But if Cabal and Farah win, the identities of the semi-finalists will be decided by a doubles match of the evening between Herbert and Mahut, and Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares.
PLAY ORDER – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2021
CENTER COURSE starts at 11:30am
 R. Ram (USA) / J. Salisbury (GBR) vs  J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)
Not before 2pm
 A. Rublev (RUS) vs  C. Ruud (NOR)
Not before 6:30 pm
 N. Mahut (FRA) / P.-H. Herbert (FRA) vs  J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)
Not before 9:00pm
 N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [Alt/10] C. Norrie (GBR)
See below for qualifying situations for the Blue (single) and Red (doubles) Groups.
Situations about the qualifying round of the Singles Green Group:
After defeating Rublev in consecutive sets, Djokovic made it through to the semi-finals and won first place in the group.
– Rublev qualifies on Friday if he beats Ruud.
– Ruud qualifies on Friday if he beats Rublev.
Double the Red Team qualifying situation:
– If Ram / Salisbury win -> Ram / Salisbury will win and Herbert / Mahut will come second.
– If Murray / Soares wins and Cabal / Farah wins -> Cabal / Farah will be first in the group and Ram / Salisbury will be second.
– If Herbert / Mahut win straight and Cabal / Farah win straight -> Herbert / Mahut will win the group and Cabal / Farah will come in second.
– If Herbert / Mahut wins straight and Cabal / Farah wins with a score of 3 -> Herbert / Mahut wins the group and Ram / Salisbury comes in second.
– If Herbert / Mahut win in 3 sets and Cabal / Farah win straight -> Cabal / Farah will win the group and Herbert / Mahut will come in second.
– If Herbert / Mahut win 3 sets and Cabal / Farah win 3 sets -> Ram / Salisbury wins the group and Herbert / Mahut comes in second.
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