Tennis-Russian Rublev seals fifth ATP Finals singles spot


FILE PHOTO: Oct 9, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Andrey Rublev (RUS) reacts after a point against Carlos Taberner (ESP) at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - Russian Andrey Rublev has become the fifth singles player to qualify for the season-ending ATP Finals in Turin next month, the men's tour said.

The ATP Finals is played between the top eight men's singles players and doubles teams. The Russian made his debut in the prestigious tournament in 2020, when it was last held in London before moving to Turin.

"I am so happy to be back competing with the best eight players in the world," Rublev said in an ATP release on Saturday. "It is such a unique and prestigious tournament and I can't wait to play in Turin."

Rublev, 24, joins world number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia, fellow Russian and U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev, Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev of Germany in sealing spots for the Nov. 14-21 tournament.

He is ranked sixth after reaching a career-high number five in the men's rankings last month.

Italian Matteo Berrettini, Norway's Casper Ruud and Poland's Hubert Hurkacz are next in line to qualify. Spain's 20-time major winner Rafa Nadal is eighth in the race to qualify but has already ended his season due to injury.

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; Editing by William Mallard)

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