ATP Finals hunt still on for Felix Auger-Aliassime with Paris victory
Felix Auger-Aliassime is one of six players still fighting for two remaining spots at the 2021 ATP Finals in Turin, Italy.
The Canadian currently sits at a career-high of 11th in the ATP rankings. He has registered his two strongest Slam results this year, reaching the quarter-finals of Wimbledon before the semi-finals at the US Open.
In Paris, Auger-Aliassime faced Italian qualifier Gianluca Mager. After a single break saw the Canadian surrender the first set, he claimed the second with a single break of his own.
A double break in the decider meant Auger-Aliassime came through 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 to face Dominik Koepfer in the second round.
Furthermore, the result means that mathematically the 21-year-old can still qualify for Turin. Currently 12th in the race, he trails Cameron Norrie in 11th by 455 points.
Casper Ruud and Jannik Sinner, who occupy the two remaining ATP Finals berths at present, are 685 and 595 points ahead of Auger-Aliassime respectively.
In all likelihood, Auger-Aliassime would need to win the Paris Masters and reach the quarter-finals of the Stockholm Open immediately after to qualify for Turin.
With Auger-Aliassime, Aslan Karatsev is also technically still in the race 140 points behind.
However, the most likely candidates are Ruud, Sinner, Hubert Hurkacz and Norrie.
All six men are looking to make their debut at the ATP Finals, with all of them sat at career-high rankings.
Should Sinner and Auger-Aliassime fail to qualify, they would both still be eligible to compete in the Next Gen ATP Finals, an equivalent event for players aged 21 and under.
Sinner won that tournament in 2019, while Auger-Aliassime also qualified that year but chose not to participate.
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