Jannik Sinner is excited to compete on home soil this week at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. Not only will the Italian pursue his first ATP Masters 1000 title, but he will have a chance to solidify his standing in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin.
Sinner leads a group of players who are trying to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held from 12-19 November, for the first time. Two years ago Sinner competed in the season finale as an alternate when Matteo Berrettini withdrew due to injury, but now the 21-year-old is in good position to qualify straight in.
With a 26-6 record this season, Sinner sits fifth in the Live Race with 2,195 points, just 380 points behind third-placed Novak Djokovic. The Italian has a big opportunity to consolidate his standing with 1,000 points up for grabs in Rome and another 2,000 at Roland Garros.
Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin (entering Rome)
1) Carlos Alcaraz
2) Daniil Medvedev
3) Novak Djokovic
4) Stefanos Tsitsipas
5) Jannik Sinner
6) Andrey Rublev
7) Taylor Fritz
8) Karen Khachanov
Sinner has reached at least the semi-finals at all three Masters 1000 events he has competed in this season (Indian Wells, Miami and Monte-Carlo). He is in the same quarter of the draw as fourth seed Casper Ruud.
A potential fourth-round opponent for Sinner is Karen Khachanov, who is also trying to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time.
Khachanov is in eighth with 1,540 points and trying to qualify for the first time. Five years ago, when he won the Rolex Paris Masters, he served as an alternate for the season finale. Khachanov currently holds the final qualifying spot and will be keen to firm up his position.
Only 460 points separate Khachanov from 14th-placed Alex de Minaur (1,080 points). Other players in that range who are trying to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time are 10th-placed Tommy Paul (1,385 points) and Frances Tiafoe (1,195 points).
Six of last year’s Turin qualifiers are currently in a qualifying position. Carlos Alcaraz, who earned his spot last year but was unable to play due to injury, leads the Live Race with 3,420 points as he tries to become year-end ATP No. 1 presented by Pepperstone for the second consecutive season.