Us Open, Berrettini and Sinner's last resort to aim for the ATP Finals in Turin: what the ranking says - Il Fatto Quotidiano

Us Open, Berrettini and Sinner’s last resort to aim for the ATP Finals in Turin: what the ranking says – Il Fatto Quotidiano

The Us Open 2022 which will be played on the fields of Flushing Meadows in New York from 29 August to 11 September are one of the slams more uncertain of the last years. With five players to compete for the first world position in these two weeks: the reigning champion Daniil Medvedev, Rafael Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud And Carlos Alcaraz. Do not Novak Djokovic (stopped by US anti-Covid regulations requiring vaccination for anyone who wants to enter the United States) and Alexander Zverer, still out for an ankle injury he had during the semifinal of the last Roland Garros. But it’s not just the top of the table at stake. TO New York the last hopes of seeing a Italian (or maybe two) to the next Atp Finals from Turin. An appointment not to be missed for Matteo Berrettini And Jannik Sinner.

For Berrettini this American stage represents one crucial point of the season. The opportunity to make sense of a year lived in chiaroscuro. And not for sporting demerits of their own. Before the injury which forced him to jump all season on Red earth (including Rome and Roland Garros). Then the positivity to the Covid which prevented him from playing Wimbledon. The tournament in which he was one of the big favorites for the final victory and to which he arrived after having triumphed in the 250 in Stuttgart and in the 500 in the Queen’s. A stop, the latter, which also affected his subsequent appointments. Especially the two Masters 1000 from Montreal And Cincinnati. Both with elimination in the first round. Wasted opportunities, but above all physical annoyances, which made the Turin Atp Finals goal a lot harderinevitably removing even the former ten positions in the ranking.

The blue thus arrives in New York from number 14 of the world. The points in the standings are 2360. About 1000 less than the Polish Hubert Hurkacz which currently holds the tenth place. The points to defend instead in New York are well 360, children of the quarter-final reached last year. In Race the delay from last place for Turin is about 900. It would therefore take a great exploit. At least i 720 points carrying a dowry semifinal (1200 are those who gives a final). A milestone that Berrettini has already reached in 2019when he was defeated by Rafael Nadal officially introducing himself to the world of tennis. In case of premature exit, the real danger is to finish outside the Top 15. Not so much in the Race, as in the Ranking. Without Djokovic and Zverev, with a Medvedev number one in the standings but far from unbeatable, the semifinal it’s not impossible.

Under the condition of Rafael Nadal – who is on his side of the board – he will have to watch instead Jannik Sinner, the other Italian from whom important responses are expected in this last Grand Slam of 2022. In fact, this Us Open means a lot for him too. The season has been up to here swinging for the 21-year-old South Tyrolean, between excellent exploits (the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the 250 victory in Umag over Carlos Alcaraz) ed early eliminations like in Montreal and Cincinnati. An inconstancy that must be sought in the exchange of trainer that Sinner decided at the beginning of the year after the Australian Open. From Riccardo Piatti to the couple Vagnozzi / Cahill. As you know, for a tennis player the change of technician is always a delicate passage. It often takes time to see the desired results.

At Flushing Meadows, Sinner arrives positioning himself only one step above Berrettini in the standings, but with an advantage of well 700 points than the Roman. Furthermore, the points to defend are fewer: 180. Result due to the eighth final won a year ago. Consequently, the top 10 is barely 300 points. All right then? Not really. In fact, if you look at the Race we find Sinner even behind Berrettini. However, the minimum distance between the two (just 5 points) means that the blue is also a about 900 points from the ATP Finals of Turin. A considerable distance, which can only be approached with a big tournament new Yorker. Also for him, therefore, at least 720 points of a semifinal would be needed, to then face the autumn season with more confidence and enthusiasm.

Furthermore, for both of them, New York is also fundamental for another reason. After the end of the tournament there will not be many more opportunities to accumulate points which would serve to go to Turin. The Atp 500 will be on the calendar four (Nur-Sultan, Tokyo, Basel and Vienna), while i Masters 1000 just one (Paris-Bercy).

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