‘If I had to be backing anyone, it would be Novak Djokovic,’ says former world number four

Tim Henman says Novak Djokovic has to be considered the favourite to win the ATP Finals in London next week.

Djokovic has been the outstanding player of 2020 as, although Andrey Rublev has won more titles, the Serbian has won tougher ones.

He arrives in London having not won the event for five years but knowing that he can equal Roger Federer’s record six hauls if he can put that record right.

And Henman, who will be covering the event for Amazon Prime, says he is the obvious favourite.

“It’s not really going out on a limb is it to choose Djokovic,’ Henman told Metro.

“He’s the number one player in the world again and he’s won this tournament on I think five different occasions.

“He’s got such a good record indoors and for all these players it’s almost the last push as it were. I think if I had to be backing anyone it’d be Djokovic.”

On why Djokovic has not won the ATP Finals since 2015, Henman added: “I think sometimes fatigue can come into it.

“They do normally have very long seasons with a lot of matches. That is, obviously, not the case this year.

“It’s a tournament he’ll desperately want to win and I do think he starts as the favourite.

“Having said that, in Vienna, he did look a bit flat when he lost [to lucky loser Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets] so I’m sure he’ll want to bounce back and finish strongly at the O2.”

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