U21 Race to Milan: Zverev leads in front of Fritz, Tiafoe and Rublev


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U21 Race to Milan: Zverev leads in front of Fritz, Tiafoe and Rublev

The week behind us saw two ATP 250 tournaments and three Challenger events but we could trace no bigger changes in the U21 Race to Milan list, with only one shift in the first 13 places. Alexander Zverev is still far in front of everybody else with 925 points, looking to pass the 1000-point mark in Monte Carlo this week.

Taylor Fritz is back in the second place after a deep run in Houston, reaching his second ATP semi-final following wins over Tim Smyczek, Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock. Taylor fought well against the defending champion Steve Johnson as well but he had to lay down his weapons in the third set, with nothing more left in the tank.

Frances Tiafoe lost in the second round of Houston to Johnson as well and he is now 53 points behind Taylor in the standings, looking good to punch Milan ticket in November.

Andrey Rublev lost all five matches he played since Rotterdam and he needs a good result in Monte Carlo in order to improve his season and add more points to his tally, trailing 38 points to Tiafoe.

Alex de Minaur had to make a quick trip from Alicante to Marrakech in order to compete in the qualifications of the first clay ATP tournament of the season and he didn't have the strength to reach the main draw, losing in the second qualifying round to earn six ATP points, standing 25 behind Rublev.

The Canadian Denis Shapovalov is 55 points behind de Minaur in the sixth, looking to grab as many points as possible on clay before his favorite grass season, opening Monte Carlo campaign with a clash against Stefanos Tsitsipas who is seventh in the standings behind him! The Greek occupies the last direct position that leads to Milan at the moment and he is 39 points clear of Marc Polmans in eight, hoping to make a bigger gap with a good result in Monte Carlo where he managed to qualify for the main draw.

Michael Mmoh (plays in Sarasota this week) and Hubert Hurkacz complete the Top 10 list and the only new player in the Top 15 is the Italian Gian Marco Moroni who reached his first Challenger semi-final in Barletta (his third good result on this level in a row), standing on 99 points, 10 short of Miomir Kecmanovic in 13th who qualified for the main draw in Houston before losing to Ryan Harrison in the opening round.

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