The week behind us delivered no changes in the U21 Race to Milan, with no Challengers and just one ATP 250 event in Winston-Salem where we saw five NextGen stars in action. Four of those were halted in the second round and Jaume Munar was the most productive one, scoring two wins and losing to Steve Johnson in the battle for the place in the quarters.
Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Denis Shapovalov took a week off in order to train in New York and they will all seek a deep run at the last Grand Slam of the season. Zverev is still 2500 points ahead of Tsitsipas who has built a solid lead over Denis Shapovalov in the third.
Alex de Minaur missed a chance to earn points in Winston-Salem, losing to an eventual champion Daniil Medvedev in straight sets. Overall, 16 U21 players will compete in the main draw and 14 of those are ranked in the Top 15 on this week's Race to Milan list (Reilly Opelka lost in the qualifications), with Denis Shapovalov playing against Felix Auger-Aliassime in one of the most anticipated matches of the opening round and the youngest encounter in New York since 2006! Casper Ruud, Lloyd Harris, Ugo Humbert, Hubert Hurkacz and Felix Auger-Aliassime have all qualified for the main draw and Felix is the first player born in 2000 who achieved that, just two years after winning the junior title here.
Alexander has a favorable draw and he should reach the quarters if he brings his best tennis, with Marin Cilic or David Goffin waiting there. Stefanos Tsitsipas will open his campaign against the Spanish veteran Tommy Robredo and he is in the same quarter with Juan Martin del Potro, Andy Murray, Borna Coric and Daniil Medvedev.
Top 15 players of the U21 Race to Milan list before the US Open:
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