01:06 AM GMT May 10, 2021
After the Mutua Madrid Open, Matteo Berrettini and Jannik Sinner are both in the Top 10 of the FedEx ATP Race To Turin, which will determine the eight competitors at the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin from 14-21 November.
Madrid runner-up Berrettini, the Italian No. 1, is now eighth in the Race, 90 points clear of countryman Sinner, who reached the Miami final earlier this year. Berrettini qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time in 2019.
Earlier this year, the Rome native struggled with an abdominal injury. But after winning a title in Belgrade and making his impressive run to the final in the Spanish capital, where he fell just short against Alexander Zverev, Berrettini has put himself in a good position in the Race. He is focussed on continuing to improve, too.
“Obviously everybody looks at the Race, but it's too soon now,” Berrettini said. “The most important thing is to be healthy. Once I'm healthy, I can reach my best level. I think this week just showed that I can play [at] this level.”
FedEx ATP Race To Turin Standings
|1. Stefanos Tsitsipas||2,930|
|2. Andrey Rublev||2,580|
|3. Novak Djokovic||2,320|
|4. Daniil Medvedev||2,220|
|5. Alexander Zverev||2,070|
|6. Aslan Karatsev||1,595|
|7. Hubert Hurkacz||1,450|
|8. Matteo Berrettini||1,355|
|9. Jannik Sinner||1,265|
|10. Rafael Nadal||1,220|
Sinner is only 19, but the 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals is in contention for a spot in Turin, currently 45 points ahead of Rafael Nadal. The Italian lost in the second round in Madrid against in-form Australian Alexei Popyrin.
"These were all new tournaments for me. I never played Miami or Monte-Carlo," Sinner said. "It's good for me [gaining] experience. With my age and what I'm doing right now, it's trying to improve obviously day after day. I have a great team behind me, which helps me a lot, and I'm very [much] looking forward to playing some good matches."
Zverev enjoyed a tremendous week at the Caja Magica, where he defeated Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Berrettini to lift his second trophy at the Caja Magica. The German has soared from eighth to fifth in the Race, hot on the heels of third-placed Novak Djokovic and fourth-placed Daniil Medvedev. Zverev now trails Djokovic by only 250 points, and he is within 150 points of Medvedev leading into the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.
“I just won a Masters. It's my fourth one. I'm happy with that. That's for me one of the most important things right now,” Zverev said. “Obviously I want to be happy for about 30 seconds, then obviously Rome is next. There [are] still big tournaments coming up.”
Stefanos Tsitsipas, who lost against Casper Ruud in the third round at the Caja Magica, still leads the Race with 2,930 points. Andrey Rublev, who also fell in the third round, remains second with 2,580 points.
One of the week’s biggest climbers was semi-finalist Thiem, who soared 34 places to 22nd after his first tournament since Dubai. The Austrian star has made the championship match at the Nitto ATP Finals in each of the past two seasons.