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Felix Auger-Aliassime Receives Top 10 Award

  • Posted: Dec 03, 2021

Felix Auger-Aliassime was presented this week in the ATP’s Monaco office with a trophy to celebrate his breakthrough into the Top 10 of the FedEx ATP Rankings last month.

The Canadian star on 15 November reached a career-high World No. 10 after reaching the semi-finals of the Stockholm Open. He ended his season at World No. 11.

Felix is the third Canadian singles player to crack the Top 10 since the inception of the FedEx ATP Rankings in 1973. The 21-year-old joined Milos Raonic, who achieved the milestone in 2013, and Denis Shapovalov, who accomplished the feat in 2020.

Auger-Aliassime reached two ATP Tour finals this year — at the Murray River Open in Melbourne and the MercedesCup in Stuttgart. He also made his maiden major quarter-final at Wimbledon and semi-final at the US Open.

Auger-Aliassime was one of four players who reached the Top 10 for the first time this year, joining Casper Ruud, Hubert Hurkacz and Jannik Sinner.

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Mektic & Pavic Spoil Djokovic-Led Serbia's Davis Cup Dreams

  • Posted: Dec 03, 2021

Novak Djokovic did double duty at the Davis Cup Finals once again Friday, but this time it was not enough to give Serbia a victory.

Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic defeated Djokovic and Filip Krajinovic 7-5, 6-1 to complete Croatia’s 2-1 triumph against Serbia, sending their country into the championship tie in Madrid. Croatia will face the Russian Tennis Federation or Germany for the trophy.

In front of Real Madrid star Luka Modric, Mektic and Pavic were cool under pressure. The Croatians grew stronger as the rubber went on, and after Djokovic missed a final forehand return, the year-end No. 1 FedEx ATP Doubles Team lifted their arms in celebration.

Djokovic won his singles and doubles (w/Nikola Cacic) rubbers in the quarter-finals against Kazakhstan. On Friday, he made a good start by claiming the No. 1 singles rubber against former World No. 3 Marin Cilic, but the Croatian tandem was too strong in doubles.

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The 34-year-old saved all eight break points he faced against Cilic earlier in the day and hit 13 winners to overcome his opponent 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 39 minutes.

“It was always going to be a tough match against Marin,” Djokovic said in his on-court interview. “The first set was over an hour, with some very close games. I saved myself. Winning the first set gave me a lot of confidence for the second set. It was a nervy start for both of us, we both knew the significance of this match.” 

In the first match of the day, in the critical No. 2 singles rubber, World No. 279 Borna Gojo upset Dusan Lajovic 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 after two hours and one minute to give Croatia a 1-0 advantage. The 23-year-old, who has also beaten Alexei Popyrin and Lorenzo Sonego this event, won 77 per cent (36/47) of his first-serve points to triumph.

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Five #NextGenATP Stars Nominated For Newcomer Of The Year In 2021 Awards

  • Posted: Dec 03, 2021

Newcomer of the Year in the 2021 ATP Awards goes to the #NextGenATP player who entered the Top 100 for the first time in 2021* and made the biggest impact on the ATP Tour this season. There are five nominees this year: Sebastian Baez, Jenson Brooksby, Juan Manuel Cerundolo, Hugo Gaston and Brandon Nakashima.

ATP Awards winners will be revealed later this month.

Player Age Career-High (Date)
Sebastian Baez 20 No. 97 (November 22)
Jenson Brooksby 21 No. 56 (November 1)
Juan Manuel Cerundolo 20  No. 85 (November 1)
Hugo Gaston 21 No. 66 (November 22)
Brandon Nakashima  20  No. 62 (November 15)

Sebastian Baez, 20 (Argentina)
The 20-year-old Sebastian Baez enjoyed a memorable 2021 season as he became the youngest player in ATP Challenger Tour history to win six titles at this level in a season, while also claiming the most match wins in a single year among players aged 20 and under (44).

The Argentine began the season just outside the Top 300 of the FedEx ATP Rankings, but cracked the Top 100 for the first time at the end of November after triumphing in the Campinas final.

The World No. 98 spent the majority of the season playing in South America, but showed off his talent to the world at the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, where he reached the semi-finals at the Allianz Cloud.


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Jenson Brooksby, 21 (United States)
Jenson Brooksby had earned just one tour-level win before the 2021 season and sat outside the Top 300 in the FedEx ATP Rankings. However, following a series of standout results, the American soared up the rankings this year, ending the campaign at No. 56.

The 21-year-old reached his maiden ATP Tour final in Newport, before he advanced to the fourth round at a major for the first time on home soil at the US Open, defeating Aslan Karatsev and countryman Taylor Fritz before losing to Novak Djokovic in four sets.

Brooksby also reached tour-level semi-finals in Washington and Antwerp and captured three ATP Challenger Tour trophies.


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Juan Manuel Cerundolo, 20 (Argentina)
Juan Manuel Cerundolo stunned the field at the Cordoba Open in February as he came through qualifying at the ATP 250 event to become the first player to lift a trophy on his ATP Tour debut since 2004.

The 20-year-old, who had won eight straight matches to claim the Cordoba title, then triumphed at three clay-court ATP Challenger Tour tournaments, ending the season No. 90 in the FedEx ATP Rankings after starting outside the Top 300.

Cerundolo’s results saw him qualify for the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals, where he was the only player to take a set off champion Carlos Alcaraz.

Hugo Gaston, 21 (France)
Hugo Gaston’s flair and agility gained the Frenchman further attention in 2021 after he gave the world a glimpse of his potential at Roland Garros last year.

In a breakthrough season, the 21-year-old rose into the Top 100 of the FedEx ATP Rankings in November following his run to the last eight at the Rolex Paris Masters, where he qualified and become the lowest-ranked quarter-finalist at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament since World No. 121 Michael Llodra in 2012.

Earlier this year, the World No. 67 reached his first tour-level final at the Swiss Open Gstaad and also advanced to four ATP Challenger Tour championship matches.


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Brandon Nakashima, 20 (United States)
America’s Brandon Nakashima continued to make strong and steady progress in 2021 as he climbed from No. 166 in the FedEx ATP Rankings at the start of the year to a career-high No. 62 in November.

Prior to his 20th birthday, Nakashima became the youngest American to reach multiple tour-level finals since Andy Roddick went 5-2 in finals as a teenager in 2001-02, after runs in Los Cabos and Atlanta.

Nakashima also showcased his talent at ATP Challenger Tour events in Quimper and Brest, clinching the title at both tournaments in France, before he enjoyed a run to the semi-finals at the 21-and-under event in Milan to round out his strong season.

* Previous Newcomer of the Year nominees are not eligible

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