Race Update: Felix Looks To Break Clear Of Chasing Pack
With another 1,000 points on offer this week at the Western & Southern Open, the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin continues to heat up as players vie for the eight available spots at the 2022 Nitto ATP Finals.
Fresh off his quarter-final run in his home city of Montreal, Felix Auger-Aliassime is in position to make his debut at the year-end showcase. Sitting at seventh in the Race with 2,645 poins, the Canadian can create some separation from the chasing pack with a strong performance in Cincinnati. Seeded seventh, he will face either Alex de Minaur or qualifier Henri Laaksonen in his opening match, with a potential meeting with Race leader Rafael Nadal looming in the quarter-finals.
From the the 22-year-old down to Montreal champion Pablo Carreno Busta in 11th place, fewer than 600 points separate five players competing at this week’s ATP Masters 1000 event. That group also includes returning finalist Andrey Rublev, Montreal runner-up Hubert Hurkacz and American Taylor Fritz, with the latter seeking his second Masters 1000 title on home soil this season following his breakthrough triumph in Indian Wells.
Also within striking distance of a Top 8 spot this week are Matteo Berrettini, Cameron Norrie, Jannik Sinner and Marin Cilic, all of whom could reach eighth place or better with a title, depending on other results.
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At the top of the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin, Nadal’s 5,630 points give him a healthy buffer from second-place Carlos Alcaraz on 4,290. Nadal will become the first player to qualify for Turin if this week he reached the semi-finals in Cincinnati. Alcaraz cannot pass Nadal this week, even with a title, but will instead be focussed on fending off a challenge from third place Stefanos Tsitsipas and fourth place Casper Ruud.
In fifth, Daniil Medvedev can pass Ruud this week with the title, but would require an early exit from the Norwegian, who leads him by 840 points.
Follow the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin, which updates after each match completes.