They add up and go on. Norwegian Casper Ruud, champion in San Diego, continues as world No. 10 but advanced one place and is now 8th in the annual race to the ATP Finals in Turin, while Italy’s Jannick Sinner, world No. 14, moved up one spot in the 2021 rankings to finish 10th.
Ruud became the season’s most titled player in San Diego, with five, following his previous successes in Geneva, Bastad, Gstaad and Kitzbuhel, all ATP 250s on clay. With this triumph in the American cement, the Norwegian ascendant surpassed the line of four cups of the Serbian Novak Djokovic, the Russian Daniil Medvedev and the German Alexander Zverev.
At the age of 22, Ruud is in his prime as a professional and surpassed Pole Hubert Hurkacz to be No. 8 in the race to Turin, the former London tournament. Precisely, the eight with the most points in the pipe qualify to play the great event that closes each calendar.
For this championship, Djokovic, the best of 2021, his escort, Medvedev, and the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas already have a ticket in hand. Therefore, five tennis players remain to be known to perform in singles in Turin.
For his part, Sinner, 20, achieved his 4th official title and all in 12 months, since he had precisely won in Sofia. Now the Italian retained that crown and displaced Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime in 10th place on the annual list.
So there is a tough battle ahead in this month of action and the upcoming Indian Wells Masters 1000 will be very important. For now, Zverev is fourth on the list, Russian Andrey Rublev is fifth, Italian Matteo Berrettini sixth and Spanish Rafael Nadal eighth, but he will not participate due to the injury he suffers in his foot.
Thus the things, the ninth would enter direct. Defining tournaments arrive in a special season, with Nadal, Roger Federer of Switzerland and Dominic Thiem of Austria out of the circuit with injuries in the second half of the year.