Zverev Improves Turin Qualification Chances, Mover Of Week
Three players have qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals: Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev. Who will move closer to earning a spot in Turin this week, with events taking place in Beijing and Astana?
Only 630 points separate fifth-placed Andrey Rublev and ninth-placed Taylor Fritz. With 12 of the Top 15 players in the Live Race competing this week at the China Open, an ATP 500 event, there will be plenty of opportunities for moves to be made.
ATPTour.com looks at players in contention for the season finale.
No. 7 Alexander Zverev
The German moved from eighth place to seventh place in the Live Race with his run in Chengdu, where he claimed his second title of the season (also Hamburg). The 26-year-old is now 215 points clear of Holger Rune for the eighth and final qualifying position.
Zverev did not qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals last year after suffering an ankle injury at Roland Garros. The two-time season finale champion is trying to earn his place at the year-end championships for the sixth time.
No. 14 Karen Khachanov
The 27-year-old did not climb a spot in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin by triumphing in Zhuhai, but he did move closer to those ahead of him as he tries to qualify for the season finale for the first time.
Khachanov trails eighth-placed Rune by 895 points in the Live Race after missing three months because of multiple injuries. But back in form, Khachanov will take confidence knowing three of his five ATP Tour titles have come on indoor hard courts (including the 2018 Rolex Paris Masters), and the other two have come in China, where he will compete in Beijing and Shanghai over the next few weeks.
No. 8 Holger Rune
One year ago, Rune was in Turin as an alternate. The Danish star is trying to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time and is currently in the final qualifying position with a 45-point advantage over ninth-placed Taylor Fritz, who is not competing this week. Rune, who has not won a match since reaching the Wimbledon quarter-finals as he has struggled with a back injury, will try to build his buffer this week at the ATP 500 in Beijing.
No. 10 Casper Ruud
The Norwegian has earned his place in Turin in the past two editions, reaching the semi-finals in 2021 and the final in 2022. Will Ruud qualify for the third consecutive year? The 24-year-old is in 10th place in the Live Race, 430 points behind eighth-placed Rune. With 500 points up for grabs this week in Beijing, he has an opportunity to begin chipping away at the deficit.