Like never before, Europe dominated the tennis year, from start to finish. And it is reflected in who will dispute the ATP Finals 2021 in Turin: Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alex Zverev, Andrey Rublev, Matteo Berrettini, Casper Ruud and Hubert Hurkacz. Yes, these eight surnames belong to players from the Old Continent.
Having an absolute supremacy of European players in the masters tournament is the second time in the century that it happens: the previous occasion was in 2019. This means that, in the first decade of this century, it never happened. This is due to the downfall of American tennis, who usually had a name among the eight select.
To top it all, Jannik Sinner (Italy) and Cameron Norrie (Great Britain) are the two reserves that the tournament will have, in case any of the qualifiers cannot attend due to any circumstance.
In 2020, Argentine Diego Schwartzman was the only non-European to contest it. A few years ago, figures such as Juan Martín del Potro, who reached the final in 2009 and the semifinal in 2012, and Kei Nishikori, among others, prevented this event..
Going back even further in time David Nalbandian managed to keep this huge trophy in 2005, defeating Roger Federer in an unforgettable final by 6-7 (5), 6-7 (11), 6-2, 6-1 and 7-6 (2). Another of those who left tennis players from the old continent aside was Lleyton Hewitt, who was consecrated in 2001 and 2002.
Before Nalbandian, Guga Kuerten, from Brazil, had been the last Latin American to win the tournament, doing so in 2000. Fernando González and Guillermo Coria failed to overcome the Round Robin, while Gastón Gaudio, in 2005, fell in the semifinals.