U21 Race to Milan: Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud are players of the week


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U21 Race to Milan: Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud are players of the week

The updated U21 Race to Milan has brought no new players in the top-10, with eight players currently battling for seven direct spots at the NextGen Masters in November. The newly-promoted world no. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas lost in the semi-final in Washington after wasting the match point against Nick Kyrgios in the deciding tie break, earning enough points to become the eighth player in the top-5 before turning 21 since 2000, making another big step towards the ATP Finals and skipping the title defense in Milan.

Stefanos has collected more than a half points than any of his rivals, with Felix Auger-Aliassime in the safe second place after being more than 600 points in front of the leading followers. Felix lost to Marin Cilic in the third round in Washington and will seek better result at home Masters 1000 tournament in Montreal this week, celebrating the 19th birthday there ina couple of days time.

Atlanta champion Alex de Minaur lost in the first round to Peter Gojowczyk, unable to join two great weeks and add more points to his tally. The Norwegian Casper Ruud is the only mover in the top-10, advancing into the semi-final in Kitzbuhel and earning 90 points that propelled him in front of Denis Shapovalov and Frances Tiafoe for the fourth place on the list.

The Canadian will come back in Montreal this week while Tiafoe decided to skip it after the third-round loss in Washington. Denis and Frances have been neck and neck for weeks now after a poor run from both, still having a handful lead over Miomir Kecmanovic who won two matches in Washington, opening the advantage over Ugo Humbert who hasn't played since Atlanta.

Corentin Moutet and Mikael Ymer are the remaining players with more than 400 points on their tallies and will have to work harder in the next couple of months if they want to fight for the spot at the NextGen Masters, with or without Stefanos Tsitsipas in the draw.