Felix Auger-Aliassime advances in Austria to keep ATP Finals hopes alive
Felix Auger-Aliassime still has an outside chance of qualifying for his first ever ATP Finals with three tournaments remaining this season.
The Canadian youngster overcame Lithuanian world number 99 Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 6-2 at the ATP 500 Vienna Open.
Auger-Aliassime is playing his first event since losing in his opening match at the Indian Wells Masters earlier in October.
Currently ranked 12th in the world, The 21-year-old is just lower than his career-high of 11th achieved in September of this year.
Auger-Aliassime is also second in the ATP Race to Milan for the fourth Next Gen ATP Finals, the equivalent to the ATP Finals for players 21 and under.
Only 20-year-old Jannik Sinner leads the Canadian in that department. However, Auger-Aliassime could still qualify for the ATP Finals proper to be held in Turin, Italy come November 14th.
Currently 12th in the race to Turin, he trails Indian Wells champion Cameron Norrie by 510 ranking points.
In order for Auger-Aliassime to qualify for Turin, he would likely need to win both the Vienna Open and the Paris Masters in the coming weeks.
That would be a tough ask for any player on the tour, but particularly for Auger-Aliassime. Despite reaching eight finals so far in his career, the Canadian is yet to clinch a maiden ATP title.
Moreover, if Auger-Aliassime does not qualify for Turin, he may opt not to play the Next Gen Finals instead.
He qualified for the event as a 19-year-old in 2019, but decided against playing the exhibition tournament.
Strong start for the final pushes of the season💪🏽☺️Looking forward to round two but first…doubles👊🏽
— Félix AugerAliassime (@felixtennis) October 26, 2021
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