U21 Race to Milan: Stefanos Tsitsipas is the new star, Shapovalov is third


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U21 Race to Milan: Stefanos Tsitsipas is the new star, Shapovalov is third

In the final U21 Race to Milan rankings week in October 2017, there were three players who had passed the 1000-point mark (Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov) and we already have four competitors who did that on the newest list that has been released on Monday, another proof of how solid the youngsters have been so far in 2018. Alexander Zverev couldn't defend the Masters 1000 title in Toronto that he won 12 months ago but he added more points to his tally for the quarter-final run, standing on 4265.

Alexander has won the Tour leading 43 matches this year and he has been followed by the 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas who has now distanced himself from the rest of the field after a historic Toronto run, beating four Top 10 players and reaching his first Masters 1000 final before losing to Rafael Nadal.

Super talented Greek had won just four ATP matches prior to 2018 and he is already on 30 this season, looking strong to enter the U21 Masters as the top seed as Zverev will almost certainly miss the event just like in 2017.

Stefanos has collected 1772 points so far, 700 more than Denis Shapovalov who lost in the third round at home Masters in Canada to become the fourth player who has won more than 1000 points since the start of the year. Alex de Minaur took a week off after reaching the final in Washington and he is 32 points behind Denis now, pretty much securing his place in Milan.

Frances Tiafoe stayed fifth but he is also moving closer to grab 1000 points after the third round run in Toronto, losing to Grigor Dimitrov in the final set tie break and missing a chance to play in the quarters. After the semi-final in Washington, Andrey Rublev fell in the opening round of Toronto to a fellow Russian Evgeny Donskoy and he is now 300 points behind Tiafoe and just 27 ahead of Taylor Fritz who hasn't played since losing in the second round of Los Cabos.

Jaume Munar took some rest after the semi-final in Kitzbuhel two weeks ago and he still has a healthy 200 points lead over Casper Ruud who has lost the last four matches since Bastad. Hubert Hurkacz stayed 10th, just two points behind the Norwegian but also 20 ahead of the raising Felix Auger-Aliassime, the youngest player in the Top 20.

Felix scored one win at home Masters in Toronto to grab 45 points and he is pretty much in contention for that last spot that leads to Milan in November. The South African Lloyd Harris has won 135 points in two American Challengers over the course of the last two weeks and he now enters the Top 15, just 40 points behind Ruud and looking for more of the same in the weeks to come to come closer to the Top 8. U21 Race to Milan Top 15 list:

 
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