The past week has seen crucial developments for the Race to Turin, the race to the ATP Finals, the penultimate major tournament of this intriguing 2022. Taylor Fritz and Novak Djokovic are making significant strides toward the end-of-the-year competition in the Tokyo and Nur-Sultan tournaments, which are beaming at the Americans and the Serbs.
Former world number one and 21-time Slam champion Novak Djokovic earns a spot in the Turin Finals with a victory in Kazakhstan. The Serbian champion moves up five spots in the Race, passing competitors like Matteo Berrettini and Jannik Sinner to claim the 10th spot globally.
The Balkan tennis player now has more than 1,000 points in front of the Spanish player Roberto Bautista Agut, who is now occupying the twenty-first spot, and can afford to stay in the Top 20 by regulation thanks to the victory in New York.
Taylor Fritz, on the other hand, finds himself in a different situation as he now competes for the final spot in the Finals after winning in Tokyo. We can now definitely add Novak Djokovic to the list of players who have already qualified for the ATP Finals in Turin, joining Alcaraz, Nadal, Ruud, and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The semi-finals of Nur Sultan have helped the Russians Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev get closer to qualifying for Turin, although the competition for the final spot on the circuit is fierce. With the victory in Tokyo, Fritz overtakes Auger Aliassime and now only leads the Canadian by 25 points while leading Hubert Hurkacz of Poland by 160 points.
Italian tennis is in an almost hopeless scenario as Matteo Berrettini and Jannik Sinner lose spots. With 6-7 players in the middle between them and the American and a deficit of more than 500 points to Taylor Fritz, the two appear to be in a very difficult position.
Djokovic has excelled in recent weeks.
The supporters of Novak Djokovic are content, but they can’t help but think back on what Nole‘s season may have been like if he had been fully recovered. In a news conference, he gave himself permission to reiterate his abilities in a very straightforward and expressive manner.
“The season has gotten off to the best possible start. I only lost to Rafa after more over three months had passed since the Wimbledon championship and nearly since Madrid; everything else was victory. I have a lot of drive to finish the season as strong as I have the last two weeks.
In light of all that has transpired this year, this title holds a lot of significance for me. Except for when I’ve been hurt, I’ve never taken a hiatus of three months.