The points, the crossings, the path: all about Sinner’s race to the Finals

The South Tyrolean from 1 November will overthrow Thiem entering the top 10. After the success in Antwerp he can earn decisive points in Vienna and in Paris Bercy where the spoils are double

With an electrifying season finale Jannik Sinner wins in Antwerp the fourth title of the year, gets the best ranking (number 11 in the world), but more than anything else takes yet another leap forward in the race towards the Nitto Atp Finals in Turin. In the race the South Tyrolean returns to tenth position (virtually ninth due to the renunciation of Rafael Nadal) and only 110 points from Hubert Hurkacz.


Currently qualified for Turin are Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev and Matteo Berrettini. Casper Ruud with 3015 points, Hubert Hurkacz with 2955 points, Jannik Sinner with 2845 points and Cameron Norrie with 2795 points remained in the last 2 places. This week these four contenders, with the addition of Felix Auger-Aliassime who, however, even winning would not be able to overcome the South Tyrolean, are competing in Vienna which distributes 500 points to the winner, 300 to the finalist, 180 to the semifinalist and 90 to the losers. to the quarters.


Let’s go in order starting with the two virtually qualified for Turin, namely Casper Ruud and Hubert Hurkacz. The Norwegian, seeded number 4, will have Lloyd Harris in the first round, then one between Sonego or Garin in the second round and quarter-final the hypothetical challenge with Sinner. Hurkacz instead caught Andy Murray in the first round, one between Alcaraz or Evans in the second round and our Berrettini in the quarterfinals. Sinner instead will have Opelka in the first round, one between Mager or Novak in the second round and Cristian Ruud in the quarterfinals. Norrie has Fucsovics in the first round, Auger-Aliassime in the second and Zverev in the quarters. Finally Felix Auger-Aliassime begins the adventure against Berankis to then find Norrie or Fucsovics and in the quarters Zverev.


The qualification games in Turin do not end with the Vienna tournament because next week the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy will start, which has double the points allocation compared to Vienna. In Bercy there will be 1000 points up for grabs for the winner, 600 for the finalist, 300 for the semi-finalists and 180 for the losers in the quarterfinals. Meanwhile, Sinner’s victory is number 75 for Italy in Open history, as are the victories obtained by our girls in the history of the WTA circuit.


During 2021 Italy hit 7 tournaments, equaling the absolute record that Panatta and company had set in 1977. In that year Panatta won the tournament in Houston, Barazzutti that of Charlotte, Bertolucci in Florence, Hamburg and Berlin, Barazzutti again in Bastad and Paris-indoor. We got six tournaments per season in 1976, 2018 and 2019.


For Sinner, without considering the 2019 Next Gen Finals, it is the fifth title won in the last 12 months: the South Tyrolean won Sofia in November 2020, Melbourne in February 2021, Washington last August, Sofia and Antwerp now in October. Five successes like Corrado Barazzutti and Matteo Berrettini, one less than Paolo Bertolucci. Ahead of them only Adriano Panatta with 10 titles and Fabio Fognini with 9. Sinner is the first Italian ever to win 4 tournaments in the same year. The old record belonged to Paolo Bertolucci (3 tournaments won in 1977), Corrado Barazzutti (3 tournaments won in 1977) and Fabio Fognini (3 tournaments won in 2018).

TOP 10

With the victory in Antwerp Sinner reaches his best ranking in the world rankings becoming number 11 in the world. In the history of the ATP ranking only 4 Italians were top 10: Adriano Panatta (No. 4 on August 24, 1976), Corrado Barazzutti (No. 7 on August 21, 1978), Fabio Fognini (No. 9 on July 15, 2019) and Matteo Berrettini (n ° 7 on 13 September 2021). Sinner’s entry into the top 10 is only a matter of days. On Monday 1 November in Dominc Thiem, stopped due to injury, the 90 points won at Bercy 2019 will come out and the South Tyrolean will be in front of the Austrian and therefore to become top 10 he will only need to have no one override him from behind. In this case, the most dangerous opponent for Sinner is Felix Auger Aliassime who follows the blue 64 points away.

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The points, the crossings, the path: all about Sinner’s race to the Finals

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