Tsitsipas and Zverev, classified; Bautista fights for a square

Stefanos Tsitsipas, defending champion, and Alexander Zverev, champion two years ago, have qualified for the ATP Finals, which will be played in London from 15-22 November.

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Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, defending champion, and German Alexander Zverev, champion two years ago, have qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals, to be played at the O2 in London from 15 to 22 November, an event for which they remain still two seater.

Tsitsipas and Zverev join Serbian Novak Djokovic, Spaniard Rafael Nadal, Austrian Dominic Thiem and Russian Daniil Medvedev for the 50th anniversary of the tournament that began in 1970.

Tsitsipas beat Dominic Thiem in the 2019 final on his tournament debut, to become the youngest winner of this competition since 20-year-old Australian Lleyton Hewitt in 2001. Two seasons ago, Zverev became the first German champion in the season finale since Boris Becker in 1995, reports ATP.

Tsitsipas, 22, has a record of 28 wins and 10 losses this season, including his fifth ATP Tour title at the Open 13 de Provence in Marseille in February. The Greek also finished runner-up in Dubai, that same month, and Hamburg before reaching his second semi-final of a Grand Slam championship, losing to Djokovic at Roland Garros.

Zverev, 23-year-old Zverev made his ATP Finals debut in 2017 and beat Swiss Roger Federer and Djokovic en route to the trophy the following year. Zverev, with a 15-8 match record in 2020, reached his first Grand Slam final at last month's U.S. Open, losing to Thiem in a fifth-set tiebreaker, and losing to the same player in the Australian Open semi-finals in January

Argentina's Diego Schwartzman is next on the qualifying list, while four other contenders for the remaining two singles spots compete this week in ATP Tour events. World No. 10 Russian Andrey Rublev and ranking No. 12 Canadian Denis Shapovalov participate in the St. Petersburg Open, where Medvedev aspires to retain his crown, and ranking No. 13 the Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut, plays in Cologne, together with Zverev and former world number one Andy Murray.

According to guidance from the UK Government, the end of the 2020 season has been planned behind closed doors due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. It is the last year that this event is held in London, and the next one will take place in Turin (Italy) until 2025.



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