The tennis player from South Tyrol is once again in the spotlight thanks to his triumph in the Atp competition in Umag. The triumph over his opponent, which Jannik achieved by defeating a Top 5 world rating for the first time, garners more attention than the tournament victory.
To be clear, Sinner also defeated Alcaraz a month prior, although the Spaniard was ranked No. 6 at the time. It’s great news that the Azzurri have won the competition, but Jannik and the other Azzurri are still trailing in the rankings, notably in the Race, which determines who advances to the Finals at the end of the year in Turin.
No Azzurri will now represent Italy at the Finals in Turin, thus Berrettini and Sinner must “push hard” to be selected for the U.S. tour. For Matteo and Sinner in particular, cement is a nice playing surface, and between the numerous Masters 1000s and the 2022 US Open, Sinner has a good chance.
The lack of Novak Djokovic, who is now one of the few players capable of defeating Jannik, could prove to be an additional tool for climbing the rankings. While Alexander Zverev continues to make progress in his recovery from the major injury he sustained in Paris, Nadal continues to cope with his own physical issues.
Here are the rankings for race.
Leading the Race rankings, Rafa Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz will undoubtedly compete in Turin. Since the Finals is the only major Nadal has never won in his career, the Mallorcan will attempt to be in the best shape possible during the event.
Tsitsipas and Ruud are in front of Alcaraz, and barring any unexpected developments, they now have the advantage they require to be in Italy. Zverev, who is presently fifth but whose injury puts everything on wait and forces the Azzurri to rely mostly on the German, is in a different situation.
World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev follows in sixth place. The Russian, who is competing this week in Los Cabos, is coming off a less than stellar year, but now is his finest time of the year, and he can reaffirm his presence between the 1000 and the US Open.
Andrey Rublev, a Russian who alternates stellar results with more poor competitions, takes the final spot for Turin. Novak Djokovic is not ranked, but he is already in Turin. By winning a Slam, the Serb ensured his eligibility for the Finals and, despite finishing in tenth position, may attempt to add another championship to his remarkable resume.
The upcoming weeks will be critical for Berrettini and Sinner, who are currently in 12th and 13th place with the South Tyrolean, who has gained a few points thanks to Umag but not enough to cause them much concern.
The so-called Race rating for this year is as follows:
- Nadal 5620
- Alcaraz 4270
- Tsitsipas 4010
- Ruud 3315
- Zverev 2700
- Medvedev 2575
- Rublev 2415
- Auger-Aliassime 2385
- Fritz 2060
- Djokovic 1970
- Hurkacz 1890
- Berrettini 1845
- Sinner 1680