It has been coming and I’m pleased it did. After seven semi-final defeats on the trot for Denis Shapovalov the Canadian went not one but two better.
Not only did he make his first ATP tour final but he won his first title against Filip Krajinovic in Stockholm ending his week without a set drop.
This is a big milestone for Denis in what is set to be a busy end of season for him with him expected to take part in Paris, Next Gen Finals and Davis Cup finals.
Unfortunately he fell at the first hurdle in Vienna losing to the inform Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets.
Sock could lose ranking!
Jack Sock could end the year without a ranking.
He is currently at 251 in the world with 180 points which will drop off very soon before the beginning of the Paris Masters event which he won in 2017 and made the tour finals.
Jack despite not having won a main draw match this year still played in Laver Cup and has been picked for Davis Cup. He did win a match in Laver Cup singles and ATP now counts that in their numbers but it doesn’t count, let’s be honest.
It is unknown yet whether he will get a wildcard into the main draw let alone qualifying in Paris. I don’t think it would be the correct decision from the event but as a former champion it will probably happen.
Alex Zverev has had a major slip up!
A run to the final in Shanghai put himself in a good position for a spot in London but an early exit to Taylor Fritz in Basel has put his confirmation on hold.
It is unlikely that Sascha will be leapfrogged this week unless Berrettini wins the title in Vienna and Agut wins in Basel. David Goffin is still in contention and could have a big say about things to.
There are still two more slots left for London and I expect next week in Paris will be pretty intense with five still in contention for the final couple of places.
Who is Jannick Sinner?
Jannick Sinner is making a name for himself.
Next week the 18 year old will debut in the top 100 for the first time after a recent run of incredible results.
Jannick is the youngest of four 18 year olds in the top 350 on the tour and will be the only one in the top 100 soon and the second highest ranked teenager.
Most of his year has been on the ITF/Challenger tour but made his tour debut in Budapest this year coming through qualifying and making the second round. He won his first match against Steve Johnson in the Rome Masters before going onto play a full grass court schedule.
A wildcard wasn’t on offer for the US Open so had to come through qualifying but came up against Stan Wawrinka in round one losing in four sets.
Last week in Antwerp he made a name for himself making the semi-finals there with wins against Monfils and Tiafoe before falling to Wawrinka again.
This week he is in Vienna he began with an impressive 6-3 6-4 win against the veteran Philip Kohlschreiber who is double his age.
Clever move from Daniil Medvedev.
The Russian on the back of his 9th final and 4th title of the year in Shanghai is having a rest.
He was top seed in Moscow and also in Vienna but pulled out of both tournaments as he needs to rest following a lot of tennis.
Clever move from Daniil. Some just go on and on and crash. Daniil will be back next week in Paris before his debut in London and is down to play in Davis Cup Finals so could have around another 13 matches left to play this year.