ATP Vienna Open, an ATP 500 tournament gets underway from the 26th October. The indoor hard court tournament will attract top players including Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas who all return to tennis after the French Open 2020.
Novak Djokovic, the top seed at the tournament will aim to claim the 500 points on offer as he looks to secure the year-end World number 1 ranking. Dominic Thiem is seeded 2nd in the absence of Rafael Nadal and is also the defending champion playing his home tournament.
- Tournament: Erste Bank Open 2020
- Date: 26 October- 1 November 2020
- Venue: Vienna, Austria
- Category: ATP 500
- Surface: Indoor hardcourt
- Prize Money: Approx. 1,409,510
- Defending champion: Dominic Thiem
The first quarter boasts the likes of top seed Novak Djokovic, 6th seed and French Open semifinalist Diego Schwartzman. Djokovic opens his campaign against fellow Serbian F.Krajinovic. The top seed is expected to progress into the quarterfinals where he will most likely be up against Schwartzman. The Argentinain opens his campaign against a tough opponent, Dusan Lajovic but is expected to come through and carry on his amazing form.
1st Quarterfinal Prediction: Novak Djokovic vs Diego Schwartzman
Player to watch out for: Borna Coric
The 2nd quarter is probably the toughest quarter in the draw with the likes of Grigor Dimtrov and Karen Khachanov facing off in the first round itself. The quarter also includes two of the brightest players on tour, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Denis Shapovalov. Tsitsipas opens his campaign against Jan-Lennard Struff in Round 1, whereas Shapovalov faces wildcard Jurj Rodionov in Round 1.
2nd Quarterfinal Prediction: Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Denis Shapovalov
Player to watch out for: Dan Evans
The 3rd quarter has the likes of 4th seed Daniil Medvedev, 7th seed Gael Monfils and Pablo Carreno Busta. Medvedev who is going through a nightmare form on tour over the past few months will face a daunting task in Round 1 against Alex De Minaur who is currently in semifinals of the European Open. Minaur will defeat Medvedev and will make his way to the quarterfinals where he will face US Open 2020 semifinalist, Pablo Carreno Busta.
3rd Quarterfinal Prediction: Pablo Carreno Busta vs Alex De Minaur
Player to watch out for: Alex De Minaur
The 4th quarter includes the defending champion and 2nd seed, Dominic Thiem alongside the in form 5th seed Andrey Rublev. It also includes the 3 time Grandslam champion, Stan Wawrinka and wildcard, Jannik Sinner. Rublev has hardly put a foot wrong in the past 2 months, scalping the Hamburg Open and Petersburg Open trophies. He will progress into the last 8 where he will face the home favourite, Dominic Thiem. The Austrian has been given a tricky fixture in the 1st round as he faces 2014 US Open finalist, Kei Nishikori.
4th Quarterfinal Prediction: Andrey Rublev vs Dominic Thiem
Player to watch out for: Jannik Sinner
The 1st quarterfinal between Schwartzman and Djokovic will be a replay of the Italian Open final a few months back. The Serbian will once again emerge victorious. The 2nd quarterfinal will pit two talented youngsters against each other with Shapovalov facing Tsitsipas. The Greek will win this intriguing battle and progress into the last 4.
The third quarterfinal will feature two unseeded players against each other. Alex De Minaur will defeat Pablo Carreno Busta in this encounter to reach his 2nd consecutive semifinals in as many weeks. The fourth quarterfinal will be one of the most exciting matches of the tournament as red hot Andrey Rublev faces US Open 2020 champion, Dominic Thiem. The Austrian will just edge out Rublev in a 3 set thriller.
First Semifinal Prediction: Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas
Second Semifinal Prediction: Dominic Thiem vs Alex De Minaur
The first semifinal will pit Novak Djokovic against the 3rd seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in a rematch of the 5 set thriller in the French Open semifinals. Djokovic will once again win the battle and reach yet another final.
The Second semifinal will be a rematch of the US Open quarterfinals where Thiem defeated Minaur in straight sets. This time the result will be no different as the Austrian will reach the finals of his home tournament.
Final Prediction: Novak Djokovic vs Dominic Thiem
The finals will see the top two seeds going head to head to claim the title in Vienna. There will be lots to play for as Thiem is the defending champion and Djokovic will look to secure his year-end number one ranking. Novak Djokovic will win the final which can be expected to go all the way and add a 37th ATP Title to his tally.
Title Winner: Novak Djokovic