Jannik Sinner ITA, 2001.08.16 – Photo Getty Images
There are just under a month and a half to go to the Nitto ATP Finals and there are still four places to be assigned to complete the batch of eight singles finalists. This week the two ATP 500s from Nur-Sultan and Tokyo can direct the race to Turin, where the eight best players and the eight best doubles pairs will be on stage from 13 to 20 November at Pala Alpitour.
The Spaniards Carlos Alcaraz and Rafa Nadal, the Norwegian Casper Ruud and the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas are already qualified, occupying the first four places in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin, the ranking based on the seasonal results from which the eight qualified for the Finals will emerge. to the Pala Alpitour.
The fight for the last useful positions involves the Russians Daniil Medvedev (fifth) and Andrey Rublev (sixth), the Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime (seventh) who has only 225 points ahead of the Polish Hubert Hurkacz (ninth): all four will be on the pitch at the Astana Open. To evaluate the conditions of Alexander Zverev, eighth.
Particular is the situation of Novak Djokovic, fifteenth and fresh from his third title of the season in Tel Aviv. The Serbian, winner of Wimbledon, knows he has to finish in the Top 20 in the Race to be in Turin and chase the sixth title at the Nitto ATP Finals.
Jannik Sinner’s road becomes more and more uphill. Currently the South Tyrolean is number 12 in the Race and has reduced his delay from the first useful position but Sofia’s double stop – injury and withdrawal in the semifinals against Holger Rune and consequent forfeit in Nur-Sultan – represent a bad blow. The other Italian theoretically still in the race, Matteo Berrettini, will not even play this week: the number 14 in the ranking will make his competitive comeback only in the ATP 250 in Florence which will begin on 10 October.
The Astana Open is very important in Turin also in the double race. Five places still to be assigned to the Finals. The ATP 500 in Nur-Sultan offers an important chance to Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini, tenths. There will also be Croatians Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic, fourth couple in the Race and the first not mathematically qualified for the Finals; Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos (fifths); Lloyd Glasspoool and Harri Heliovaara (sixth); Tim Puetz and Michael Venus (eighths). In Tokyo, instead, the Australians Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis will play, seventh in the Race.
PEPPERSTONE ATP RACE TO TURIN (03-10-2022)
1. Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) – 6,460 points
2. Rafael Nadal (ESP) – 5,810
3. Casper Ruud (NOR) – 4,930
4. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) – 4,630
5. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) – 3,375
6. Andrey Rublev (RUS) – 3.055
7. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) – 2.860
8. Alexander Zverev (GER) – 2,700
9. Hubert Hurkacz (POL) – 2635
10. Taylor Fritz (USA) – 2,385
11. Cameron Norrie (GBR) – 2,365
12. Jannik Sinner (ITA) 2.310
13. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) – 2.270
14. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) – 2.225
15. Novak Djokovic (SRB) – 2.220
PEPPERSTONE ATP DOUBLES TEAM RANKINGS, TOP 10 (03-10-2022)
1. Wesley Koolhof (NED) / Neal Skupski (GBR) – 6,450
2. Rajeev Ram (USA) / Joe Salisbury (GBR) – 5,710
3. Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) / Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) – 4,915
4. Nikola Mektic (CRO) / Mate Pavic (CRO) – 3.620
5. Marcel Granollers (ESP) / Horacio Zeballos (ARG) – 3,380
6. Lloyd Glasspool (GBR) / Harri Heliovaara (FIN) – 3.090
7. Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) / Nick Kyrgios (AUS) – 2,970
8. Tim Puetz (GER) / Michael Venus (NZL) – 2,870
9. Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL) / Robert Farah (COL) – 2.595
10. Simone Bolelli (ITA) / Fabio Fognini (ITA) – 2,535