U21 Race to Milan: Zverev restores the order. Tiafoe moves to second

Tennis - Taylor Fritz and Andrey Rublev dropped to third and fourth and nothing changed between the fifth and eight spot

by Jovica Ilic
U21 Race to Milan: Zverev restores the order. Tiafoe moves to second

World number 4 and the most prominent Next Gen star of the last couple of season, Alexander Zverev, has not enjoyed the perfect start of the season but that all changed last week in Miami where he reached the third Masters 1000 final.

The young German was defeated by John Isner but he gathered respectable 600 points that propelled him into the leading spot in the U21 Masters standings after the opening three months of the season. Alexander is way in front of his rivals with 925 points, more than 500 clear of Frances Tiafoe who moved to second after he advanced to the fourth round in Florida.

Taylor Fritz is 17 points behind Frances now after being the leader two weeks ago, losing in the opening round of Miami to Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Andrey Rublev is just a point behind Fritz after losing four matches in a row and he hopes to get back on the winning way once the clay season starts.

Alex de Minaur remained 5th and he is back in action this week in Alicante Challenger, seeking new point that would move him ahead of his coeval Denis Shapovalov who is just a point behind him. Those six players are the only who grabbed more than 300 points in the Race so far, leaving Stefanos Tsitsipas far behind them in seventh, occupying the last direct spot in Milan.

Marc Polmans has won 24 out of the last 25 matches he played in Launceston Challenger and four Futures events and he is 54 points behind Tsitsipas (he is yet to receive the points for the final played last week) and 20 points clear of Michael Mmoh who is ninth.

Nicola Kuhn has entered the Top 15 as the first player born in 2000 on the list after winning his first ATP match in Miami and he will need more good results in order to catch the players at the top and get into contention for the place in Milan. Top 15 list:


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