Stefanos Tsitsipas has a title at next week’s Nitto ATP Finals. The Greek star will control his destiny in the battle for No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP rankings at the end of the year. If the 24-year-old goes unbeaten in the final match of the season, he will rise to the world No. 1 ranking.
1 for the first time and ends the year at the top of the men’s tennis mountain. However, if Tsitsipas fails to make it 5-0 at the Pala Alpitura in Turin, it will open the door for Rafael Nadal to return to the top spot. The Spaniard can achieve the feat by winning the title.
If Tsitsipas does not leave Turin unbeaten, Nadal could also win all three matches on the circuit to reach the final and return to the World No. 1 spot. Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings player scores
1) Carlos Alcaraz 6,820
2) Rafael Nadal 5,820
3) Stefanos Tsitsipas 5,350 Nadal has already finished the year as No. 1 five times, most recently in 2019.
Another success this year would tie the Spaniard for second place in the history of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings (since 1973) with Pete Sampras (6). If neither of those scenarios plays out, Carlos Alcaraz will be the No. 1 pick.
1 in the world and at the end of the year take his first time at #1. The 19-year-old, who first climbed to the top spot after winning the US Open on September 12, pulled out of the Nitto ATP Finals with a torn internal oblique muscle in his left abdominal side.
Players in the Nitto ATP Finals will receive 200 points for each round win, 400 points for a semi-final win and 500 points for winning the championship match.
Nadal did not shine in Bercy
Rafael Nadal is preparing for the 2022 ATP Finals in Turin.
“Rafa talked about playing more matches, he talked about going to Italy early to play training sets, but training sets are not the same as playing real matches. It helps you, but it’s not the same thing,” Flink said.
“So it’s a shame he didn’t get more matches in Paris before Turin because the field is very deep. It’s going to be very strong.
So it will be difficult for Rafa because he has not always been the most comfortable at home. He could prove me wrong. No matter how much negativity he leaves, “doubt” is one of his favorite words, a guy who overcomes his doubts.
I still think we’ll see him go in with his usual fighting spirit. So it’s still hard to beat, but I don’t like the conditions. It will be faster in Turin,” he added.