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Tennis: Five players who could make next year's ATP Finals

This year's ATP Finals in Turin features eight of the best, but there are only two tournament debutants in the field as Felix Auger Aliassime and Taylor Fritz go toe-to-toe with the likes of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

However, there were a few rising stars who missed out on the event, as world number one Carlos Alcaraz was forced to withdraw through injury.

WhatATP Tour Finals
WherePala Alpitour, Turin
WhenFrom 13:00, Sunday 13th November 2022
How to watchAmazon Prime
OddsNovak Djokovic 11/8, Daniil Medvedev 4/1, Felix Auger Aliassime 11/2, Rafael Nadal 8/1

We take a look at the chances of five talented youngsters who may have a chance of qualifying for the season-ending celebration in 12 months' time.

Rune enjoying a rapid rise

Holger Rune highlighted himself as a player going places when winning the Paris Masters a week ago and the Dane, who has risen to world number ten, could be contending for Grand Slam titles next season.

The 19-year-old came through an extremely tough draw to land that illustrious event in the French capital, beating Hubert Hurkacz, Andrey Rublev, Alcaraz, Auger-Aliassime and Djokovic to take the title.

That stands him in good stead, especially as he didn't buckle under pressure in the final and came from a set down to topple Djokovic, one of the greatest players of all-time.

That success doesn't appear to be a fluke, either, as Rune had also claimed silverware in Stockholm in October, having overcome world number three Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.

Rune has lifted three titles in his breakthrough season, one of which came on the clay in Munich, which highlights his versatility.

Clay was thought to be Rune's strongest surface at the start of the campaign but he has shown he is just as effective on a hard court, so he should be targeting a spot in this competition next year.

Tiafoe could follow in Fritz's footsteps

American ace Fritz is making his debut in this year's ATP Tour Finals and Frances Tiafoe should be aiming to do similar next season.

The potential of Tiafoe, who is now 24 years of age, has been known for some time, but after a quiet few seasons he has bounced back to his best.

It has been an excellent season for Tiafoe, who is now at a career-high ranking of 17.

The Floridian may be without a title since winning in Delray Beach in 2018, but he has finished as runner-up in Estoril and Tokyo this year, as well as making the semi-finals of the US Open.

That effort in his home Grand Slam in September suggests there could be plenty more to come from him.

Alcaraz will be back next year

World number one Alcaraz was forced to pull out of the ATP Tour Finals this year, but the Spanish teenage sensation is here to stay and will think he can make amends next season.

It has been a remarkable year for the Murcia man, who announced himself as a potential superstar when winning the US Open in September.

Alcaraz has a long way to go before comparisons with compatriot Nadal should be struck, but that victory made him the youngest male tennis player to secure the world number one spot.

There are surely plenty of big successes to come for Alcaraz, and there is every chance next year's ATP Tour Finals could be one of them.

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Sinner should continue to progress

Impressive Italian Jannik Sinner is one of the few who has managed to beat Alcaraz this season and, like the Spaniard, the 21-year-old should continue to improve.

Sinner's efforts this season have seen him replace Matteo Berrettini as Italian number one, and with Lorenzo Musetti another talented youngster on the rise from that country, the future of Italian tennis looks bright.

But Sinner, who made the quarter-finals of three of this season's four Grand Slams, could be the best of the trio.

The world number 15 is already a six-time winner on the ATP Tour and has the temperament to match his talent, something that promises to take him far.

Musetti making inroads

Just like Sinner, Musetti is an Italian youngster going places and the 20-year-old could have plenty to celebrate next season.

Musetti has already excelled this year, winning titles in Naples and Hamburg, suggesting there could be a lot more to come with the extra experience he gains.

The world number 23 defeated compatriot Berrettini to win that title in Napoli last month before making the quarter-finals in Paris, defeating Casper Ruud before losing to Djokovic.

That shows what Musetti is capable of and, with plenty of time on his side, expect him to further climb the rankings next year.

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