The week behind us saw the Masters 1000 event in Shanghai and three Challengers, with a lot of opportunities for the young guns to collect points in the battle for the place in Milan at the third Next Gen Masters. Stefanos Tsitsipas has been the U21 player to beat in 2019, proving that in Shanghai where he defeated world no.
1 Novak Djokovic in the quarter-final, suffering an early break and competing on a high level in the rest of the encounter to march into the semis. There, Daniil Medvedev ousted him in two tight sets, leaving China with 360 points and extending the tally to 3820.
Stefanos has also qualified for the ATP Finals in London, stading sixth in the ATP Race and most probably skipping the Next Gen Finals where he won the title last year. That puts Felix Auger-Aliassime in the driving seat, standing second in the Race despite losing six of the previous eight encounters, including the second-round loss to the Greek in Shanghai.
After winning the title in Zhuhai, Alex de Minaur lost in the first round in Tokyo and Shanghai, keeping the third place ahead of Denis Shapovalov who lost to Novak Djokovic in the second round, standing safe on 1255 points, 285 clear of Frances Tiafoe who has played in only one quarter-final after Estoril in May.
Casper Rudd returns to action this week in Stockholm, seeking more points that would cement his Milan ticket, with Miomir Kecmanovic hoping for the same in Moscow. At the moment, Ugo Humbert and Mikael Ymer will fight for the last direct spot at the Next Gen Masters, with the Swede moving just 27 points behind the Frenchman after claiming the title in Mouilleron le Captif, his fourth of the season from six finals.