Spaniard closes gap on top spots with Paris triumph

Carlos Alcaraz began Roland Garros in seventh place in the PIF ATP Live Race To Turin. The Spaniard occupied a qualifying position for this year's Nitto ATP Finals, to be played from 10-17 November in Turin, but was far from the top of the standings.

The 21-year-old changed that over the course of the past fortnight by winning the Roland Garros title. Alcaraz is now third in the Live Race and within 500 points of the player he defeated in Sunday's final, Alexander Zverev. 

PIF ATP Live Race To Turin

Player   Points
 1) Jannik Sinner  5,300
 2) Alexander Zverev  4,385
 3) Carlos Alcaraz  3,900
 4) Casper Ruud  3,435
 5) Daniil Medvedev  3,150
 6) Stefanos Tsitsipas  2,465
 7) Alex de Minaur  2,255
 8) Andrey Rublev  2,220

Alcaraz is now in good position to qualify for the season finale for the third consecutive year (he did not play in 2022 due to injury). 

Jannik Sinner, who lost to Alcaraz in five sets in the Roland Garros semi-finals, maintains his lead in the Live Race. The Italian, who on Monday climbs to No. 1 in the PIF ATP Rankings for the first time, owns a 915-point advantage over second-placed Zverev in the Live Race.

Sinner has competed twice in the Nitto ATP Finals (once as an alternate, in 2021) and is well on his way to another appearance at the year-end championships, where a year ago he thrilled his home crowd with a memorable run to the final. 

Seven of the eight players currently in qualifying position have played in the Nitto ATP Finals before. The only exception is seventh-placed Alex de Minaur, who is attempting to earn his place in Turin for the first time.

The top eight in the Live Race are Sinner, Zverev, Alcaraz, Casper Ruud, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, De Minaur and Andrey Rublev.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic, who has won the event a record seven times, is currently on the outside looking in. The Serbian is in 10th place, 360 points behind Rublev, who is eighth with 2,220 points. Djokovic withdrew ahead of his Paris quarter-final due to a meniscus tear in his right knee.

Another player to watch is Grigor Dimitrov, the 2017 Nitto ATP Finals champion. The resurgent Bulgarian is in ninth place with 2,075 points.