It is still an uncertainty who will have the luxury of contesting the ATP Finals, a competition that brings together the eight best in the world ranking at the end of each year, which will be held in Turin, Italy, this season, because, although five tennis players have already secured a ticket, the remaining three spots are vacant.
Momentarily, the Serbian Novak Djokovic (1st), who made sure to conclude 2021 as the planet’s leader, will say present for the fourteenth time at the appointment, fourth in a row, after being absent in 2017, in which he registers five titles (2008, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015) and 38 wins. In addition, he will seek to reach the top of the Swiss Roger Federer, the highest winner in history with six.
Next is Russian Daniil Medvedev (2nd), which is preparing for its third edition and celebrated in 2020, when he beat Austrian Dominic Thiem in the decisive match. Like the Muscovite, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (3rd) has already raised the trophy, in 2019, and will also attend the competition for the third time.
For his part, the German Alexander Zverev (4th) is another of those who guaranteed his place: he has already attended four times and was consecrated in 2018, when he beat Djokovic in the final. The last calmly is the Russian Andrey rublev (5th), who made his debut last season, although without success, after losing to Spanish Rafael Nadal and Thiem, and saying goodbye in the Round Robin.
If the competition started today, the Italian Matteo berrettini (7th), the Norwegian Casper ruud (10th) and the Polish Hubert hurkacz (12th) would complete the octagonal and take the positions of Nadal, Thiem and Federer, away from the circuit due to various injuries. It should be clarified that the Roman is the only one who has already indulged himself, because he participated in 2019, the year in which he was eliminated in the group stage.
Finally, there are three other players who are lurking and maintain their illusions: the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime (11th) and the Italian Jannik Sinner (14th), both also with possibilities of contesting the Next Gen ATP Finals, thanks to their young age, and the British Cameron norrie (28th), brand new semifinalist in Indian Wells.
In the next month, four ATP 250 tournaments will be played, the ATP 500 in Vienna and the Masters 1000 in Paris, which will be of vital importance and will define the last classified.