Medvedev Passes Alcaraz For Top Spot In Live Race
When Daniil Medvedev defeated Alexander Zverev on Tuesday to advance to the quarter-finals at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, he also returned to the top spot in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin.
Medvedev (3,480 points) now leads Carlos Alcaraz (3,455 points) by 35 points and can stretch that lead further this week at the Foro Italico. The 27-year-old can reach as many as 4,300 points if he lifts the trophy in Rome.
Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin (as of 16 May)
|Player||Current Points||Maximum Points After Rome|
|1) Daniil Medvedev||3,480||4,300|
|2) Carlos Alcaraz||3,455||3,455|
|3) Novak Djokovic||2,745||3,565|
|4) Stefanos Tsitsipas||2,320||2,410|
|5) Jannik Sinner||2,275||2,275|
It is possible for Medvedev to relinquish top spot before the tournament ends. Third-placed Novak Djokovic, who has 2,745 points, can max out at 3,565 points by claiming his seventh title at the Italian ATP Masters 1000 event. Alcaraz cannot improve because he lost in the third round.
Medvedev can guarantee he will leave Rome with a lead in the Live Race by reaching the semi-finals. He will play qualifier Yannick Hanfmann on Wednesday for a place in the last four.
The Live Race also gives fan a look at the battle for year-end ATP No. 1 presented by Pepperstone. Medvedev reached World No. 1 last year, but he is trying to earn the year-end honour for the first time.
Djokovic holds the record for most year-end No. 1 finishes with seven and in 2022, Alcaraz became the youngest player to claim the distinction.
The Live Race also decides who qualifies for the Nitto ATP Finals, which this year will be played from 12-19 November in Turin. Rounding out the top eight are Stefanos Tsitsipas, Jannik Sinner, Andrey Rublev, Taylor Fritz and Holger Rune. Sinner and Rune are trying to qualify for the year-end championships for the first time, while the Italian competed as an alternate in 2021.