Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas have all qualified for the season finale debuting in Turin this year. Alex Zverev is almost over the line but who joins them?
This leaves four spaces up for grabs, there won’t be a Dominic Thiem, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer which means it will open up for a couple of debutants.
Andrey Rublev and Matteo Berrettini are all but officially confirmed for Turin and will be hoping to test themselves against the follow top eight as they look to hit the next level.
So, who will join the six?
The Norwegian is currently in 9th place and has some work to do to get to Turin, there is still some winning to do as nothing is ever a guarantee but I think his season would benefit from being at the Tour Finals.
It would be reminiscent to Berrettini’s debut in 2018 in the experience for the 22 year old. Matteo left without a win but I didn’t think that hampered his confidence or game but grew it. He saw parts which needed improving and he has done.
For Casper the test hasn’t happened on a hard court yet and I think his backhand will be targeted by his opponents. No one ever wants to leave the tour finals without a win but this should be an incredible learning experience.
Winning in Miami does feel like a lifetime ago now but Hurkacz is a bit quiet on the tour but packs a punch.
He has beaten Thiem, Tsitsipas, Rublev, Medvedev and Federer since the beginning of last year so knows his way around the hard courts.
I like his game it is soo clean and both wings are strong I just think it is missing some grit and quick conclusions t rallies.
His time in New York wasn’t much to write home about but I will be surprised if he doesn’t keep a run of results going to make it to the ATP Finals come November. The title in Metz has propelled the Pole into 8th position and will take over Nadal soon who has of course ended his season.
Felix Auger Aliassime
The Canadian only turned 21 in early August and is on his best run, quarter finals in Wimbledon and Cincinnati and a run to the final four in New York.
It has been the Canadian’s best run of form of late, with the way he is playing it does leave big opportunities to pick up points and keep himself in touching distance of going to Turin later in the year.
We have seen glimpses of what he can do and he will be hoping to make it to Turin to test himself against that next level in mens tennis where he wants to be competing.
I think he would turn up to New York and play without fear. We know what he can do and to get to Turin would be a phenomenal achievement for the 20 year old.
The way he has risen up the rankings from winning the NextGen Finals as a wildcard and now on the cusp of the ATP Finals is excellent. His US Open run had a mixture of composed and chaotic performances and I think it was good for him.
We saw his strengths and how he doesn’t give players time but also his tennis brain against Monfils, I would love to see Jannik brings this to the tour finals and go up against the best which could catapult him to the next level.
It would take something extraordinary but the Russian has been producing the extraordinary this year. Semi-Finalist at the Australian Open, this time last year he was ranked outside the top 100 now were discussing him being in the top eight for the tour finals.
He plays a smart game, it’s clean tennis and the picture builds up from the serve and into the forehand. He holds his own on the baseline and produces some stunning rallies.
I think if he were to go to Turin he wouldn’t be someone the others would like to play.
I wouldn’t use the phrase ‘save your season’ but I think we could be getting close to that. I do think the loss to Djokovic is still on his mind, including that match he went on a four match losing streak.
His time in New York lacked spark and that’s a big problem in his game. His game is exceptional on it’s day but I do sometimes think being ambidextrous does mean waiting for everything to come together and be as equally consistent can be a problem for the Canadian.
I would love him to make it to Turin but he needs some big results these next couple of months to entertain this as he is currently 800-900 points short.