Clinch a place on the Nitto ATP Finals. Beat the Global No. 1. Defeat all individuals of the ‘Giant 3’ in the similar season. Reigning Subsequent Gen ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas can accomplish all of that on Friday on the Rolex Shanghai Masters.
However Tsitsipas faces a stern problem in best seed Novak Djokovic, who rides a seven-match profitable streak into their 0.33 FedEx ATP Head2Head assembly. Tsitsipas defeated Djokovic closing 12 months in Toronto of their handiest hard-court assembly, and the Serbian were given his revenge this 12 months within the Madrid last.
If the Greek famous person upsets Djokovic, he’ll change into the 6th participant to qualify for the season finale, which might be held at The O2 from 10-17 November. However the 20-year-old too can qualify if Italian Fabio Fognini beats Cincinnati titlist Daniil Medvedev previous within the day.
Each gamers lift numerous momentum into the conflict, with Djokovic contemporary off the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships name he gained closing week and Tsitsipas has earned 5 Best 30 wins prior to now week and a part, after incomes handiest 5 of them between the beginning of Rome in Would possibly and the start of closing week’s ATP 500 match in Beijing.
Tsitsipas is already the youngest participant to defeat each and every member of the ‘Giant 3’ — Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal — and now he can do it in one 12 months, having overwhelmed Federer on the Australian Open and Nadal in Madrid.
“It is going to be very attention-grabbing the following couple of years to look how tennis will evolve and the way the younger guys are going to dominate the sport,” Tsitsipas stated after his second-round win in Shanghai. “I’ve been making an attempt actually challenging to be up there, and I do know that it isn’t simple for me to take care of that degree, as a result of if I stay doing the similar factor, my warring parties will know what I am doing and what works for me, so I all the time need to continuously beef up and recover.”
Additionally it is crucial tournament for Djokovic, because the Serbian continues to near on Rafael Nadal within the struggle to complete year-end No. 1. Djokovic can pull to inside 460 issues of Nadal within the ATP Race To London if he lifts his 5th Shanghai trophy this week.
“There’s all the time one thing to paintings on. That’s the wonderful thing about game and existence generally, you’ll all the time beef up,” Djokovic stated. “However I’m more than happy with the best way I’m enjoying, with the best way I’m feeling at the court docket.”
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There might be every other struggle of the generations between 38-year-old Roger Federer and 22-year-old Alexander Zverev. There’s a lot at stake for each males, with Federer pursuing his 29th ATP Masters 1000 crown and reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion Zverev scratching and clawing to go back to The O2.
Zverev is these days in 8th position within the Race, as he’s pushing to compete within the season finale for the 0.33 consecutive 12 months. The German impressively bagelled just right good friend Andrey Rublev within the first set in their third-round tournament, in the end triumphing in immediately units,
“I believe it used to be excellent tennis, however I do know towards Roger it’s going to be very, very tricky,” Zverev stated. “He’s going to check out to various things and it’s going to be a troublesome tournament.”
Federer, a two-time Shanghai champion, is attempting to take a 4-Three lead in his competition with Zverev, who ousted the Swiss famous person within the semi-finals of closing 12 months’s Nitto ATP Finals. Federer may be looking to make the closing 4 of a event for the primary time since Wimbledon.
Medvedev and Fognini have cut up their two earlier conferences. And whilst Medvedev has already booked his London spot, Fognini is attempting to compete at the singles court docket at The O2 for the primary time, and a victory towards the Russian would catapult him into the Best 10 within the Race.
“I believe it is the worst participant that I will play nowadays, as a result of he modified totally in the summertime. After all he used to be additionally nice earlier than, however he made a fantastic alternate all the way through the U.S. swing, and he is unhealthy. He is actually unhealthy,” Fognini stated. “He is actually comfy within the court docket. However I am right here to check out to complicate [the match for] him, attempt to take my possibilities, have the danger. If no longer, I fly house.”
The overall singles tournament of the day pits closing week’s Beijing winner, Dominic Thiem, towards every other London hopeful in Matteo Berrettini in what guarantees to be a big-hitting tournament. Thiem gained their handiest earlier tournament at Roland Garros closing 12 months on clay, his favorite floor.
Twelve months in the past, Berrettini misplaced in Shanghai qualifying because the Global No. 54. Now he’s No. 13 within the ATP Scores and in rivalry for a place within the Nitto ATP Finals. If the Italian beats the Austrian and Zverev loses to Federer, Berrettini will climb into 7th spot within the Race.
Did You Know?
Within the doubles draw, protecting champions Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo can qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals with a victory towards Cincinnati champions Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek.
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