Tsitsipas becomes sixth player to qualify for 2019 ATP Finals with Zverev, Berrettini leading contenders - Latest Race to London standings and Nitto ATP Finals player updates

Hannah Wilks in ATP 16 Oct 2019
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas becomes sixth player to qualify for the season-ending championships
  • Latest updates and standings on the Race to London
  • The top eight players will qualify for the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals
Stefanos Tsitsipas became the sixth player to qualify for the ATP Finals after reaching the semifinals in Shanghai (PA Sports)

Stefanos Tsitsipas becomes the sixth player to officially qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals.

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The latest ATP Race to London rankings show Stefanos Tsitsipas has qualified for the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals, bringing the total of qualified players to six and leaving two singles spots open.

The top eight players in the Race to London will qualify for the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals, the year-end championship to be played at London's O2 Arena from 10-17 November. Tsitsipas joins Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Daniil Medvedev and Dominic Thiem in having secured his spot among the 'elite eight'.

Federer and US Open runner-up Medvedev joined the ATP Finals field after the fourth and final major of the year was completed in New York, with Thiem's successful run to the China Open title in Beijing seeing him become the fifth player to qualify.

Defending ATP Finals champion Zverev is next in line to qualify (PA Sports)
Tsitsipas edged over the line with a strong showing during the Asian swing, although it started unpromisingly with a retirement to Adrian Mannarino in his opening match in Zhuhai. The Greek came into Beijing on a five-match winning streak as a result, having failed to win a match since losing to Nick Kyrgios in the semifinals of the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., but snapped that streak in style when he defeated defending champion Nikoloz Basilashvili and world no. 6 Alexander Zverev among others to reach the final in Beijing, finishing runner-up to Thiem. Wins over Felix Auger-Aliassime and Hubert Hurkacz in Shanghai, combined with other results, edged Tsitsipas above the qualifying threshold, although he didn't realize it until after he had recorded one of his best wins of the year over Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

Tsitsipas will be making his ATP Finals debut in 2019 after a breakthrough season which has seen him beat all of the Big Three, reach a first Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open, pick up titles in Marseille and Estoril and reach the finals of Beijing, Dubai and the Madrid Masters.

With all but one of the season's Masters 1000 Series events in the book and only a handful of tournaments left to play in 2019, there are still two open spots at the ATP Finals - and thanks to strong showings at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, Zverev and Matteo Berrettini are in pole position to capture them.

Defending champion Zverev edged up into seventh place after picking up 600 points with an impressive run in Shanghai, where he followed his China Open semifinal appearance by defeating Federer in the quarterfinals and Berrettini in the semifinals to reach his first Masters 1000 Series final of the year.

Roberto Bautista Agut, David Goffin and Fabio Fognini are among the remaining contenders who could knock Zverev and Berrettini out of qualifying position. Goffin could move up to eighth place if he wins the European Open in Antwerp this week; similarly, a strong showing at the Stockholm Open could push Fognini upwards.

Latest ATP Race to London standings: Monday 14 October

ATP Race to London 2019 latest standings

StandingPlayerPoints2019 titlesPrevious ATP Finals appearancesBest ATP Finals result
1 - QUALIFIEDRafael Nadal9,225Roland Garros, US Open, Rome Masters, Montreal Masters8 (2006-7, 2009-11, 2013, 2015, 2017)Runner-up (2010, 2013)
2 - QUALIFIEDNovak Djokovic7,945Australian Open, Wimbledon, Tokyo (500)11 (2007-16, 2018)Champion (2008, 2012-15)
3 (+1) - QUALIFIEDDaniil Medvedev5,875
Cincinnati Masters, Shanghai Masters
Sofia (250), St Petersburg (250)
4 - QUALIFIEDRoger Federer5,690Miami Masters, Dubai (500), Halle (500)16 (2002-15, 2017-18)Champion (2003-4, 2006-7, 2010-11)
5  - QUALIFIEDDominic Thiem4,525Indian Wells Masters, Barcelona (500), Beijing (500), Kitzbuhel (250)3 (2016-18)RR (2016-18)
6 - QUALIFIEDStefanos Tsitsipas3,730Estoril (250), Marseille (250)0-
7 (+1)Alexander Zverev 2,855Geneva (250)2 (2017-18)Champion (2018)
8 (+2)Matteo Berrettini2,525Budapest (250), Stuttgart (250)0-
9 (-2)Roberto Bautista Agut2,485Doha (250)0-
10 (-1)David Goffin2,325-2 (2016-17)Runner-up (2017)

What's coming up this week, 14-20 October

Three ATP Tour 250 events - the final tournaments at this level in 2019 - take place this week in Antwerp, Moscow and Stockholm as the focus switches to the indoor hard courts of Europe ahead of 500 tournaments in Basel and Vienna next week, and the Paris Masters the week after.

All three tournaments boast strong fields. Medvedev was forced to withdraw from the Kremlin Cup after his Shanghai feats, but the field is ably led by defending champion and world no. 8 Karen Khachanov, joined by compatriot Andrey Rublev and Marin Cilic. In Stockholm, ATP Finals contender Fabio Fognini is the top seed, with former champion Grigor Dimitrov and Denis Shapovalov in the field, while home hope David Goffin leads the draw at the European Open. Gael Monfils, Stan Wawrinka and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are also in the field in Antwerp, as is Andy Murray, who continues his attempt to come back to top-flight singles after encouraging results in Asia while anxiously awaiting news of the birth of his third child with wife Kim.

Click here to learn more about each tournament and for access to live streaming:

About the Nitto ATP Finals

Widely acknowledged as the fifth biggest title in men's tennis after the four Grand Slams and a trophy without which no aspiring GOAT's resume is complete, the Nitto ATP Finals is the year-end championship exclusively open to the absolute best players of the season.

Unlike the ATP Tour's official rankings, which are computed on a rolling 52-week basis, in the Race to London every single player starts the year at zero and the eight players who accumulate the most points become the ATP Finals field. Players typically qualify throughout the second half of the year as it becomes mathematically impossible to pass them, but the final field is rarely settled until the Paris Masters, the last regular tournament of the season.

The ATP Finals has been played in many of the world's major cities over the decades but its current home is London's O2 Arena, where it was first played in 2009 and will remain until 2020 before moving to Turin, Italy for the 2021 edition.

When the draw takes place, the eight players are divided into two groups of four, each one led by one of the top two seeds and named after an ATP Finals legend (in recent years, groups have been named after Gustavo Kuerten, Lleyton Hewitt, Boris Becker and the like). Players then compete against the rest of their group in round-robin matches, with the two top players in each group progressing to the semifinals.

ATP Finals points & prize money

Ranking pointsPrize money
Participation fee-$203,000
Round-robin match win200$203,000
Semifinal win400$620,000
Final win500$1,280,000
Undefeated champion1,500$2,712,000

As would be expected from a tournament whose purpose is to crown the best of the best, most of the tennis world's greatest champions have won the ATP Finals at least once, although it remains one of the few prizes to elude 18-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal.

Roger Federer holds the all-time record for most titles won, having triumphed at the ATP Finals six times between 2003 and 2011. However, Novak Djokovic then became the dominant force at the year-end championships, following his first triumph in 2008 with winning four consecutive titles in 2012-15 - the first man to do so.

In recent years, the ATP Finals has seen a spate of first-time champions - Andy Murray (2016), Grigor Dimitrov (2017) and Alexander Zverev (2018). Will another new name join the honour roll in 2019?

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Tsitsipas becomes sixth player to qualify for 2019 ATP Finals with Zverev, Berrettini leading contenders - Latest Race to London standings and Nitto ATP Finals player updates

Stefanos Tsitsipas's Shanghai Masters semifinal run saw him become the sixth player to book his ATP Finals spot, with Alexander Zverev and Matteo Berrettini leading contenders for the remaining places in the latest standings which track qualification for the year-end championships to be played at London's O2 Arena, 10-17 November

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