ATP Finals 2023: Top seeds Dodig/Krajicek will take on the experienced pair of Granollers/Zeballos in the group stages of the ATP Finals
Ivan Dodig/Austin Krajicek form coming into the match at ATP Finals 2023
Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek secured their first win at the ATP Finals in Turin, defeating Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni 6-4, 6-2 at the Pala Alpitour. This marked their initial victory in the prestigious season finale, showcasing their resilience and notable plays, including a standout behind-the-back reaction half-volley from Molteni. The match highlighted Dodig and Krajicek’s ability to hold their ground during crucial moments, ultimately securing a 77-minute victory in the Green Group.
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The Croatian-American duo secured victory in the first set by winning three crucial points, including the opening two games of the match. They went on to break their seventh-seeded opponents, Gonzalez and Molteni, twice in the second set, seeking redemption for their previous loss in Cincinnati. Currently leading the ATP Live Doubles Teams Rankings, Dodig and Krajicek aim to finish the year as the Tour’s top team. Their successful start in Turin, marked by Sunday’s win, provides a confidence boost after facing Match Tie-break defeats in all three group-stage clashes in 2022.
This year marks Austin Krajicek’s second appearance at the Nitto ATP Finals, while Ivan Dodig is participating for the ninth time, having reached the championship match in 2014 with Marcelo Melo. The duo claimed the Roland Garros title this year and secured victories in Rotterdam, Monte-Carlo, Queen’s Club, and Beijing.
Marcel Granollers/Horacio Zeballos form coming into the match at ATP Finals 2023
Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos secured a 1-0 record in Green Group play at the ATP Finals in Turin by overcoming Santiago Gonzalez and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 2-6, 6-3, 10-7. The Spanish-Argentine duo, despite a slow start, made a comeback in the second set, notably improving their second-serve performance. Winning 80% of points behind their second serves in the second set, compared to 43% in the opener, they showcased a strong net game during the Match Tie-break, ultimately securing victory after a 90-minute battle.
Granollers and Zeballos, participating as a team for the fourth time at the year-end Nitto ATP Finals, reached the semi-finals in 2020 and 2021 but faced elimination in the round-robin stage last year. In 2023, the duo clinched their eighth title in Shanghai and made it to the championship match at Wimbledon earlier in the year.
Date – Tuesday, 14th November
Court Type – Indoor Hard Surface
Telecast – Tennis Channel
Start Time – 11:00 pm IST (tentative)
Location – Turin, Italy
Match details – Group Stage
Head-to-head and Predictions
Dodig/Krajicek and Granollers/Zeballos stand out as highly experienced pairs in men’s doubles, having dominated the ATP tour for several years. Their head-to-head record reflects the intensity of their matchups, with Dodig/Krajicek currently holding a slight edge at 2-1. With three previous encounters between them, all being intense, we anticipate another thrilling clash in Turin. The prediction leans towards Dodig and Krajicek winning in three sets.
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