Juan Manuel Cerundolo has certified for the 21-and-under season finale, making a slice of historical past for his nation – and South American tennis. The Argentine is the primary South American to earn a spot within the occasion in match historical past (since 2017).
And he’s not the one historical past maker going to Milan. Sebastian Baez has risen from exterior the High-300 to a rating of 11 this season. He grew to become the youngest participant to win 5 ATP challenger titles in the identical season in 2021.
19-year-old Cerundolo has had a breakthrough 2021 season, together with a run to his first tour-level title as a qualifier on the Cordoba Open (d. Ramos-Vinolas) in February. He grew to become the primary participant to raise a trophy on his ATP Tour debut since 2004. Cerundolo, who began the yr simply contained in the High 400 of the FedEx ATP Rankings, ia ranked a career-high No. 85. He has been strong on the Challenger Tour as nicely, successful his first three titles at that degree. The Argentine logged titles in Rome (d. Cobolli), Como (d. Moroni) and Banja Luka (d. Milojevic).
The eight-player discipline is now set for Milan, with play set to start on November 9, right here is how the sphere shapes up:
1. Carlos Alcaraz
2. Sebastian Korda
3. Lorenzo Musetti
4. Brandon Nakashima
5. Juan Manuel Cerundolo
6. Sebastian Baez
7. Holger Rune
8. Hugo Gaston