Also competing on Sunday at the ATP World Tour Finals in London are two players who have had injury problems blight the end of their season. Fourth seed Milos Raonic has qualified for the second time for the season ending event while Gael Monfils‘ No.6 ranking sees him compete at the event for the first time in his career.
Long held up as a figure of inconsistency, Monfils has played at a high level for large parts of the season including his most recent semi final run in New York. He earned his top six ranking despite playing only three of the grand slams and a final in the Monte Carlo Masters will make you only further wonder what could have been had he been able to take that form into the French Open a few weeks later. A semi final run in Tokyo put the final touches on what Monfils would have needed to qualify but he has now not played in a month with injury putting him out of action since a loss to Gastao Elias in Stockholm.
Raonic’s luck hasn’t been much better having given two walkovers in the space of a month. The first of those was in Beijing with the second finally confirming Andy Murray’s No.1 ranking in Paris. When he has taken to the court this year, he has mostly been impressive with only the US Open second round loss a blip on his radar. He did look like he was ready to challenge Andy Murray in Paris only for a quad injury to rule him out of the match just a day after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Raonic is 2-1 against Monfils on the year with all three matches coming on outdoor hard courts. The most recent match was a straight sets victory for Monfils in Canada but their fourth meeting will be a difficult one to call with both Raonic and Monfils bodies seemingly ready for the season to end right now.
Prediction – Raonic in three sets