Q2 Review: Two Italian #NextGenATP Stars Continue March To Milan | ATP Tour


5 #NextGenATP stars have continued to impress on the ATP Tour this season, with the quintet all in robust competition to qualify for the Intesa Sanpaolo Subsequent Gen ATP Finals in November.

Two Italians, Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Musetti, sit in first and fourth place respectively within the ATP Race To Milan, with each constructing on their early season success with profitable outcomes on clay at Roland Garros and ATP Tour occasions. The 18-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz broke into the High 100 for the primary time in Could after claiming a fourth ATP Challenger Tour title in Portugal.

The proficient teenager sits one spot behind Musetti as he bids to compete in Milan from 9-13 November. North American stars Felix Auger-Aliassime and Sebastian Korda loved robust grass-court swings and likewise stay in robust competition to qualify.

ATPTour.com takes a have a look at the 5 males who lead the Milan qualification race on the conclusion of the second quarter of the 2021 season:

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No. 1 Jannik Sinner, 1520 factors
Jannik Sinner’s season has gone from power to power after his robust begin to the 12 months when he grew to become solely the fourth teenager to succeed in the Miami Open offered by Itau remaining (l. to Hurkacz) within the event’s 36-year historical past.

The Italian skilled additional success firstly of the clay swing as he reached his second tour-level semi-final on the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell in April. The 19-year-old defeated High 10 stars Roberto Bautista Agut and Andrey Rublev in straight units earlier than falling to Stefanos Tsitsipas in Catalonia.

Fuelled with confidence after saving a match level in opposition to Pierre-Hugues Herbert within the first spherical at Roland Garros, Sinner marched previous countryman Gianluca Mager and Mikael Ymer to succeed in the fourth spherical on the Parisian clay.

Regardless of then falling to Rafael Nadal, the 2019 Subsequent Gen ATP Finals champion appears to be like nicely on the right track to qualify for the Intesa Sanpaolo Subsequent Gen ATP Finals once more.

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No. 2 Felix Auger-Aliassime, 1365 factors
The Canadian constructed on his spectacular begin to the season by including Toni Nadal to his teaching staff earlier than the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters in April. Auger-Aliassime was delighted to hitch forces with the Spaniard, who previously coached nephew Rafael Nadal to 16 Grand Slam titles earlier than stepping down in 2017.

“I really feel tremendous privileged and fortunate to have Toni in my staff,” Auger-Aliassime mentioned in Could. “He’s been round for a very long time and has gained all the things the game has to provide as a coach so it’s extraordinarily motivating to have him by my facet.”

The affect has already proven, with the 20-year-old advancing to his eighth ATP Tour remaining, and second of the season (Murray River Open), on the MercedesCup in Stuttgart firstly of June. He didn’t drop a set en path to the ultimate earlier than falling to Croatia’s Marin Cilic.

Auger-Aliassime then backed this up as he recorded a fifth High 10 victory of his profession on the time in opposition to 10-time NOVENTI OPEN champion and long-time idol Roger Federer within the second spherical in Halle. The World No. 19 went on to succeed in the semi-finals (l. to Humbert) in Germany.

The 20-year-old then overcame World No. 6 Alexander Zverev in 5 units at Wimbledon as he superior to his first quarter-final at a Grand Slam.

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No. 3 Sebastian Korda, 1045 factors
Sebastian Korda broke new floor in Could as he capped off an incredible week on the Emilia-Romagna Open with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over dwelling favorite Marco Cecchinato to win his first ATP Tour trophy. The 21-year-old didn’t drop a set en path to the title and have become the primary American since Sam Querrey in 2010 on the Serbia Open (d. Isner) to win a trophy on European Clay.

“That is one thing that I’ve dreamed of. I actually thought I used to be going to get it performed in Delray Seashore [earlier this year], and I used to be a little bit heartbroken,” Korda mentioned after the event.

“However I stayed constructive. I took a few days off, recharged my batteries, and had a very good follow week in Prague with my dad and my coach. I got here again hungrier, and I’m taking part in some actually good tennis now.”

Korda, who defeated World No. 9 Diego Schwartzman on the Miami Open in March, then secured a second High 10 win of his profession over Roberto Bautista Agut on the NOVENTI OPEN in June.

The American continued to flourish on grass at Wimbledon, advancing to the fourth spherical on his debut at The Championships. He impressively defeated seeded duo Alex de Minaur and Daniel Evans in London.

No. 4 Lorenzo Musetti, 811 factors
Together with Sinner, Musetti is one other rising Italian star who’s aiming to qualify for the Intesa Sanpaolo Subsequent Gen ATP Finals in November.

The 19-year-old reached a career-high No. 58 within the FedEx ATP Rankings in June after spectacular outcomes on clay. Musetti, now at No. 62, superior to his second semi-final of the season on the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon (l. to Tsitsipas). The Italian defeated fellow #NextGenATP stars Auger-Aliassime and Korda in France.

He then had a dream run at Roland Garros on his Grand Slam debut, as he reached the fourth spherical in Paris. Musetti toppled thirteenth seed David Goffin in straight units within the opening spherical and led by two-sets-to-love in opposition to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic within the spherical of 16 earlier than the Serbian Celebrity fought again.

“For me [it] was a incredible expertise. I feel I used to be taking part in my finest tennis, for certain. I’ve by no means performed like in the present day,” Musetti mirrored after his defeat to Djokovic. “Now I understand how can I play, how far I’m from the largest [players on] the Tour, like Nole, so I do know that if I play good I can keep at this degree.”

No. 5 Carlos Alcaraz, 529 factors
The youngest #NextGenATP star on the record is 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz. The Spaniard reached his first-tour degree semi-final on the AnyTech365 Andalucia Open trophy in Marbella (l. to Munar) in April, defeating Norway’s Casper Ruud en path to the final 4.

Alcaraz then loved a memorable Could as he grew to become the youngest match-winner within the historical past of the Mutua Madrid Open, breaking 18-year-old Rafael Nadal’s document from 2004 when he overcame Adrian Mannarino within the Masters 1000 occasion.

One month later, Alcaraz grew to become certainly one of simply seven gamers to win 4 ATP Challenger Tour trophies on the age of 18 & beneath when he lifted the Oeiras Open 125 trophy in Portugal.

Having cracked the High 100 with this victory, he then grew to become the youngest man to succeed in the third spherical at Roland Garros since 17-year-old Andrei Medvedev in 1992 on his debut in Paris.


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