ATP Finals push officially over for Felix Auger-Aliassime following Paris exit
Felix Auger-Aliassime was looking to qualify for the ATP Finals for the first time, but has fallen short less than two weeks before Turin.
Entering the Paris Masters, the Canadian was one of six players still in with a mathematical chance of filling the last two qualifying spots for the season-ending event.
After coming from behind against qualifier Gianluca Mager in the first round, Auger-Aliassime kept those hopes alive.
However, the 21-year-old is now out of the race after losing to lucky loser Dominik Koepfer 6-3, 7-5 in his second round match.
He joins Aslan Karatsev who fell out of the race after losing in the opening round to American youngster Sebastian Korda.
As a result, four men can still qualify for the ATP Finals in the two remaining spots. Those men are Casper Ruud, Jannik Sinner, Hubert Hurkacz and Cameron Norrie, currently in that order.
Ruud has reached the third round in Paris after defeating Alexander Bublik in his first match. Norrie faces Reilly Opelka in the second round, with Sinner taking on Carlos Alcaraz and Hurkacz facing Tommy Paul.
Like Auger-Aliassime, all four men are looking to qualify for the Finals for the first time. Norrie began the year ranked 74th in the world, climbing 61 places to his current career-high of 13th.
Ruud started 2021 at 27th, Sinner at 36th and Hurkacz at 35th. They are now at eighth, ninth and 10th respectively.
The six men who have already qualified are Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev and Matteo Berrettini.
All six have appeared at the ATP Finals at least once before. Djokovic, Medvedev, Tsitsipas and Zverev have all won the even in the past.
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