Medvedev, Tsitsipas Qualify For Nitto ATP Finals
Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas are the second and third singles players to qualify for the 2021 Nitto ATP Finals, to be held at the Pala Alpitour in Turin from 14-21 November, following their results at the US Open. Both men will compete in the season finale for the third consecutive year.
Medvedev will have a chance to defend his Nitto ATP Finals title one year on from lifting the trophy in London. The Russian claimed his first major crown on Sunday at the US Open, where he ended Novak Djokovic's pursuit of the Grand Slam in the championship match.
Earlier in the year, Medvedev climbed to a career-high No. 2 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, becoming the first player outside the Big Four of Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray to hold a top two spot since Lleyton Hewitt in July 2005.
The Russian lifted his fourth ATP Masters 1000 trophy in Toronto, and also earned crowns in Marseille and Mallorca. Medvedev is now 47-10 on the season following his run at Flushing Meadows.
"I look forward to trying and defending my title in Turin," Medvedev said. "Italian fans are so passionate, I am sure it will be a great event."
Tsitsipas is also a former Nitto ATP Finals champion, having triumphed at the event in 2019. The Greek clawed past former World No. 1 Murray in the first round of the US Open and reached the third round, in which he fell short in a memorable five-setter against #NextGenATP Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz.
Tsitsipas leads the ATP Tour with 50 tour-level wins this season, and he has also climbed to a career-high World No. 3. The Greek claimed his maiden Masters 1000 title in Monte-Carlo, advanced to his first major final at Roland Garros and also claimed an ATP 250 title in Lyon.
“It is great to qualify for Turin so early, I can’t wait to play there," Tsitsipas said. "Forming incredible memories in London two years ago has been a highlight in my career.”
The first player who qualified for this year’s Nitto ATP Finals was Djokovic, who won the season's first three majors. This is the 14th time the World No. 1 has qualified for the season finale, and he could equal Federer’s record by winning his sixth Nitto ATP Finals title.
Doubles teams Nikola Mektic/Mate Pavic, Rajeev Ram/Joe Salisbury and Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut have also earned their spots in Turin. US Open champions Ram and Salisbury qualified thanks to their result in New York, while Roland Garros champions Herbert and Mahut earned their place in Turin per the Grand Slam winner rule.