Stefanos Tsitsipas has more than just a title on the line at next week’s Nitto ATP Finals. The Greek star controls his destiny in the battle for the 1st place in the Pepperstone ATP rankings at the end of the year.
If the 24-year-old wins the season finale without losing a match, he will climb to the top spot in the world for the first time and end the year at the top of the men’s tennis mountain. However, if Tsitsipas does not score 5-0 at Pala Alpitour in Turin, he will open the door for Rafael Nadal to return to first place.
The Spaniard can accomplish the feat by winning the title. If Tsitsipas doesn’t leave Turin as the undefeated champion, Nadal could also return to world number 1 advancing to the final after winning all three home and away matches.
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Nadal has finished the year in first place five times previously, most recently in 2019. Performing the feat again this year would put the Spaniard in second place for most year-end top spots in Pepperstone ATP Rankings history (since 1973) with Pete Sampras (6).
If neither of these scenarios happens, Carlos Alcaraz will remain at number 1 in the world and earn his first number 1 at the end of the year. The 19-year-old, who took first place on September 12 after winning the US Open, withdrew from the Nitto ATP Finals because of an internal oblique muscle tear in his left abdominal wall.
Players in the Nitto ATP Finals earn 200 points for every round robin win, 400 points for a semi-final win, and 500 points for winning a championship match.
If Alcaraz and Nadal finish the season finale with the same number of points, Nadal will be No. Seven times the world number 1 at the end of the year, Djokovic is not in contention to claim the number 1 honors at the end of the year in Turin.