World No. 13 Felix Auger-Aliassime has underlined that his big goal for the rest of the season is to make the ATP Finals. After missing out on the ATP Finals in the last two years, Auger-Aliassime has a shot at making Turin this year.
Currently, Auger-Aliassime is the seventh-ranked on the Race to Turin list. "For the last two years it’s been a clear goal that I want to be in Turin. Last year I was close and this year I have real chances, I’m in the race right now but a lot of things can happen until Turin.
I don’t think about it day-to-day, but once we get to the last tournaments of the year it’s always the talk of the week as the last players are pushing to squeeze in their ticket to Turin," Auger-Aliassime said on the ATP Tennis Radio Podcast.
Auger-Aliassime has a real shot at making the ATP Finals
Auger-Aliassime has earned 2,860 points this season. Alexander Zverev, this year's French Open semifinalist, is behind him with 2,700 points. But since Zverev's season is likely finished, ninth-ranked on the Race to Turin list, Hubert Hurkacz, can be viewed as the player who would be the final ATP Finals participant if the season started today.
After Hurkacz, Taylor Fritz comes next with 2,385 points. Auger-Aliassime has a good number of points, but suffering an early defeat at the Astana Open won't help. On Monday, Auger-Aliassime exited the Astana Open after suffering a first-round defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut.
The Astana Open is from the ATP 500 class and Auger-Aliassime missed out on a chance to collect a good number of points this week. However, it should be noted that Bautista Agut was a nightmare first-round draw and that Auger-Aliassime still has a good chance of making the ATP Finals.
It remains to be seen if Auger-Aliassime can bounce back from an early Astana Open exit and do well in his next couple of tournaments.