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As I’m sure you know, the 2023 ATP Race to Turin is heating up nicely. At the time of writing, as has been the case for a few weeks now, we have four confirmed qualifiers. To clarify, these guys are Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev, and Jannik Sinner. However, with just a few weeks remaining until the ATP Finals is due to begin, it’s crazy that we still just have 50% of the qualifiers confirmed. Of course, with four confirmed qualifiers, this means that four more spots are up for grabs, and the contest is extremely tight in terms of ATP rankings points.
Remember – the ATP Race to Turin, concerning rankings points, is separated from the standard ATP rankings we see on the official ladder. In fact, if you look at the most recent ATP rankings updates compared with the ATP Race to Turin standings, they are different. And this is what makes the final eight a very exclusive group. Needless to say, qualifying for this event is something to be proud of for any individual, yet just four guys have this in the bank for the 2023 season.
As for why I’m choosing to give you an update right now, there is a very specific reason. If you’re tracking the current and upcoming ATP tournaments, you’ll know that there are two ATP 500 tournaments taking place this week. These have a direct impact on the ATP Finals, yet not as much as the 2023 Rolex Paris Masters event, which is taking place from October 30th to November 5th.
So really, this means that the ATP Race to Turin should start to become much clearer over the next week or two. And on that note, I’d like to provide the updates on this right now.
2023 ATP Finals – remaining four spots analyzed
Since we are in the middle of the two ATP 500 tournaments being held this week, this is a dynamic space that could change from day to day. However, I can still work with the current state of play to give you accurate updates on the ATP Race to Turin in terms of points and possible qualifiers. And given that the race is so open right now, I must cover a bunch of players to provide a comprehensive breakdown. So let me give you the scoop on this now.
Andrey Rublev – competing in Vienna
Rublev is the only man in the top five ATP Race to Turin standings who hasn’t qualified yet. But having made the finals in Shanghai recently, as long as he doesn’t have a howler in the coming weeks, he should qualify! In fact, with Rublev squeezing past Arnaldi and making the quarter-finals, it should be announced fairly soon that he is the fifth qualifier.
Stefanos Tsitsipas – competing in Vienna
Tsitsipas survived a tough encounter today against Machac of the Czech Republic. Yet after keeping his incredible record alive this season after winning the first set, Tsitsipas went on to win the match in three sets, taking him into the quarter-finals. Note that he hasn’t yet qualified, but he is setting himself up with a real chance. Ironically, he now faces the man directly behind him in the ATP Race to Turin.
Alexander Zverev – competing in Vienna
As referenced above, Tsitsipas is facing Zverev in the quarter-finals of Vienna tomorrow. This should be a great match, and it will influence the ATP Race to Turin, whatever happens. If Zverev wins, he may be able to leapfrog Tsitsipas on his way to the ATP Finals, depending on how he performs in the rest of the tournament. Yet this is very much up in the air right now.
Holger Rune – competing in Basel
As things stand, Holger Rune is occupying the 8th position in the ATP Race to Turin. He is competing in Basel this week – the first of the four guys mentioned so far who isn’t playing in Vienna. And given that he is now in the quarter-finals, he has a fighting chance of making it.
Taylor Fritz – competing in Basel
Taylor Fritz has endured a ropey few weeks on the ATP Tour, and following his loss in the round of 16 in Basel, he has left himself a mountain to climb in Paris if he is to qualify.
Hubert Hurkacz – competing in Basel
Taking the 10th and final spot, Hubert Hurkacz is the man who could swoop in and spoil the party for the guys above him. Having won the Shanghai Masters, and with a current spot in the quarter-finals in Basel, Hurkacz is making a late push to secure qualification for the ATP Finals.
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