Ruud, Sinner increase ATP Finals possibilities

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Oct 4 (Reuters) – Norway’s Casper Ruud and Jannik Sinner of Italy have moved up within the leaderboard within the race to qualify for the season-ending ATP Finals in Turin by successful tournaments in California and Bulgaria.

Ruud, 22, picked up his first tour-level title on laborious courts on Sunday when he swept previous Cameron Norrie 6-0 6-2 on the San Diego Open to reclaim eighth place from Hubert Hurkacz.

Hurkacz, who picked up his third tour-level title in 2021 in Metz, France, slipped to ninth with Sinner tenth on the checklist.

“I know that now I will jump up to eighth and it’s fun because Jannik (Sinner) and Hubert are the closest guys behind me,” Ruud advised the ATP Tour web site.

“Within these two weeks we’ve all won a tournament so it’s a strong competition now. I think us three are the closest to capturing the last two spots.”

Sinner defeated Gael Monfils 6-3 6-4 to defend his ATP 250 title in Sofia and increase his probabilities of making the reduce for the season-ending match in his dwelling nation.

The ATP Finals is performed between the highest eight males’s singles gamers and doubles groups and might be held from Nov. 14-21.

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev and French Open finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas have already certified for the match.

German Alexander Zverev, Russian Andrey Rublev and Italian Matteo Berrettini occupy the subsequent three spots on the leaderboard.

Spaniard Rafa Nadal is positioned seventh however the 20-times main winner has already introduced the tip of his season because of damage.

“Obviously, there are some big events that will be played now – Indian Wells, there’s 1,000 points on the line – also Paris and Vienna,” Ruud mentioned.

“There is no way I can kind of relax and think that I will make it because I have to try to think that Hubert and Jannik can both do really well, so I have to do the same.

“That’s the way it ought to be. It ought to be a robust competitors and whoever will get there in the long run, deserves it extra.”

Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Berhampore, India; enhancing by Ed Osmond

Sep 1, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Casper Ruud of Norway hits a shot against Botic Van De Zandschulp of Netherlands in a second round match on day three of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 6, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Jannik Sinner of Italy hits to Alexander Zverev of Germany on day eight of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 1, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Casper Ruud of Norway hits a shot against Botic Van De Zandschulp of Netherlands in a second round match on day three of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports