As the race for the top eight ATP spots intensifies, we take a look at the contenders for the prestigious year-end event scheduled to be held in Pala Alpitour, Torino from 14-21 November 2021. Each player competes in a round-robin format playing three matches each to compete for a semi-final berth with the winner earning 1500 points. The total prize money for the 2020 season stood at $57,00,000 with 2021’s payout to be revealed by organizers soon.
Here’s a look at the ATP top ranked players in contention for the tournament:
#1 Novak Djokovic
The Serbian will be looking to win a record-tying sixth Nitto ATP Finals title and equal Roger Federer’s record at the year-end event.
#2 Daniil Medvedev
The Russian will be looking to cap his stunning North American 2021 season with the no. 1 ATP spot, but will only be able to get there with wins in the Paris Masters, St. Petersburg (if he plays) and a strong show in Turin.
#3 Stefanos Tsitsipas
Will be looking to regain his match fitness and fight for the title he won in 2019 in London. He might take a break to recoup for the Finals as he has already secured his spot.
#4 Alexander Zverev
The young gun is looking strong and will be happy to have booked his spot in the finals. Zverev will hope for a repeat of his 2018 Finals win in London.
#5 Andrey Rublev
The Russian will be looking to secure his place at the finals with a strong showing at ATP Antwerp, with 250 points up for grabs.
#6 Matteo Berrettini
The Italian has a strong shot at qualifying for The Nitto Atp Finals to be held on his home turf later this year.
#7 Casper Ruud
Winning 5 titles in 2021 has put Casper Ruud in strong contention for a year-end berth. He hopes to finish 2021, his best season yet, with a flourish.
#8 Rafael Nadal
The Spaniard will unfortunately sit out the final Masters Series event to nurse a foot injury.
#9 Hubert Hurkacz
Nadal’s self-exclusion from the event means that the Pole occupies the last qualifying spot for the tournament. However, he will have to fight off the in-form Cameron Norrie who is hot on his heels.
#10 Cameron Norrie
Norrie started the year 2021 at no. 71 in the ATP Rankings. His recent Indian Wells Masters triumph means he is in a strong position to qualify for Turin.
#11 Jannik Sinner
The Washington Open champ will be pushing to better Hurkacz and Norrie’s performances at Antwerp to seal his spot at the finals.
#12 Felix Auger-Aliassime
The young Canadians’ shock 1st round loss to Albert Ramos Vinolas has dampened his hopes of making it to Turin. He will have to play his best tennis and hope that Norrie and Sinner underperform in the next few weeks in order to make it.
#13 Aslan Karatsev
The Russian is the second seed in Moscow and a strong run will give him an outside chance of qualifying.
#14 Pablo Carreno Busta
Busta has failed to achieve the consistency on hard courts he achieved in 2019 with a 20/7 win/loss record, but will be hoping for a strong run till the year-end Turin event.
#15 Nikoloz Basilashvili
The Georgian has had a magical season, finishing runner up at Indian Wells and also winning titles in Doha and Munich. He will have to settle for a spot outside the top-eight barring a miracle.
#16 Denis Shapovalov
Shapovalov’s frustrating exit at Indian Wells and inconsistent 2021 season means he is unlikely to feature at Turin.