Roger Federer is the only player to have qualified for the next phase of this year’s ATP World Tour Finals with a game to spare.
But the legendary Swiss player will be keen to keep his momentum going, and as such can overcome Juan Martin Del Potro 2-1 at 3/1.
Federer has triumphed by a 2-0 scoreline in each of his previous two outings at this tournament, but meets his toughest challenge thus far today, aiming to progress as Group B winner.
In besting Del Potro, Federer would greatly aid David Ferrer’s hopes of advancement, in the aftermath of beating the Spaniard for the 14th consecutive time earlier this week.
Meanwhile, a Del Potro win via any scoreline would see him reach the last four, and the Argentinian could still top his group dependant on Ferrer’s result.
It should be noted that Federer enjoys a far-superior 13-3 head-to-head record over his prospective opponent though, hence his heavy 4/9 favouritism to win by any means.
Del Potro is 7/4 to succeed, and he did triumph 2-1 the last time the players met, one of their two most recent encounters which went three sets.
This one should be expected to go the distance too, but with Federer emerging victorious as he did during this summer’s Olympic semi-final bout.
Elsewhere today, the aforementioned Ferrer meets Serb Janko Tipsarevic, with the 1/7 Spaniard appearing a good call to record the win he needs to give himself a chance of progression.
Ferrer is a 4/9 hope to win in straight sets, and the dreadful form of his opponent makes that appear a worthwhile investment.
Alternatively, punters could opt to gain better value by betting on the length of the match, with less than 19.5 games to be played a tempting proposition at 5/6.
Albeit against strong opposition, Tipsarevic has lost both of his World Tour Finals encounters so far here, and Ferrer looks likely to compound his misery today.
The fact that the Spaniard has won three of four meetings between the pair cements the notion that Tipsarevic should be avoided at 9/2 to victor.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.