The last places for the ATP Finals: it's a total battle!

The last two places involved three players: Alexander Zverev, Holger Rune and Hubert Hurkacz

by Lorenzo Ciotti
The last places for the ATP Finals: it's a total battle!
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The ATP Finals will be staged in Turin from 12 to 19 November, where the best 8 tennis players in the world ranking will compete. The game is almost over now. Of these eight tennis players, six have already qualified: Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev, Jannik Sinner, Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

A place for the last two will presumably be assigned in the last ATP Masters 1000 of the year, Paris-Bercy, where the quarterfinals were played yesterday. Alexander Zverev, currently 7th in the Race with 3585 points, exited in the round of 16 against Tsitsipas and will have to hope that Holger Rune (3460) and Hubert Hurkacz (3245) do not continue their journey in the French capital.

The Dane, currently eighth in the rankings, will probably have his most difficult match against world number 1 Novak Djokovic. The Pole will instead face Grigor Dimitrov. To give themselves a chance of overtaking them by this weekend, the reigning champion from Shanghai will have to reach at least the final.

Difficult task but not impossible for a specialist of this surface.

Sofia and Metz could decide the last places

A little further behind, but still with some faint hope, there are Alex De Minaur (2740), who benefited from Sinner's withdrawal, and Karen Khakahov (2475), who will necessarily have to win the tournament to stay on.

The Australian will challenge Rublev for a place in the semi-finals. The Russian, on the other hand, will face Tsitsipas. Sascha could celebrate the mathematical qualification already today, if they were to lose two of Rune, Hurkacz and de Minaur.

Holger, on the other hand, if both Hurkacz and de Minaur were to be eliminated. If Paris Bercy were not to officially decree the magnificent 8, the last two events of this season could come to their aid, the ATP 250 in Sofia and Metz, in which all the tennis players are obviously registered running. After the ATP Finals, the men's tennis season will end with the Davis Cup Finals, in Malaga.

Alexander Zverev Holger Rune Hubert Hurkacz