Stefanos Tsitsipas has been the U21 player to beat this season, reaching the semi-final at the Australian Open and fighting for the Masters 1000 titles as an established top-10 player. The reigning Next Gen champion has secured another Milan campaign a long time ago but will have more important duties at the beginning of November, securing a spot at the ATP Finals for the first time and almost certainly skipping the Next Gen Masters.
Thus, the 19-year-old Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime should be the top seed in Milan, standing second on the list ahead of Alex de Minaur and Denis Shapovalov. Felix has not been in the best form recently, losing to Tsitsipas in the second round in Shanghai but still doing enough to secure Milan berth and get the opportunity to fight for the crown between November 5-9, as the first player born in 2000 who will compete at this event.
Auger-Aliassime has made incredible progress in the last couple of seasons, setting many milestones and age records and playing in three ATP finals in 2019, still seeking the first title. Kicking off the year from just outside the top-100, Felix needed a few months to get into the rhythm, leaving a couple of early exits behind him and advancing into the title match at the ATP 500 event in Rio de Janeiro, losing to Laslo Djere but earning points to find himself in the top-60.
At Miami Masters, Auger-Aliassime became one of the youngest Masters 1000 semi-finalists after mastering another surface, standing on the verge of entering the final thanks to the late advantage versus John Isner in both sets, only to lose in two tie breaks.
In Lyon, Benoit Paire halted the Canadian in the title match while Matteo Berrettini prevailed in Stuttgart on grass, with Felix showing his skills on green surface as well. The results were not there in recent months and Felix is trying to change that in the last events of the season before attacking even higher goals in 2020 and that first ATP title that should come soon if he continues to work hard on his game.