ATP Next Gen Finals
The world’s best youngsters (aged 21 and under) converge on Milan for the fourth edition of the ATP Next Gen Finals. The season ending event, gives a platform for some of the brightest young talents in the game to showcase their potential as a reward for their progress throughout the season. With previous winners Stefanos Tsitsipas, Jannik Sinner and Hyeon Chung going on to reach the upper echelons of Grand Slams, the event has been a real breeding ground for the next generation thus far. In addition, with a prize pot of over $1 million and an innovative scoring system, the event is a real breath of fresh air on the ATP calendar.
ATP Next Gen Finals Format
The event features the best 8 under-21 players on the ATP Tour, and they are split into two groups of 4. From this, the top 2 players in each group will qualify for the semi-finals with the winners contesting the final.
|Group A||Group B|
|Carlos Alcaraz||Sebastian Korda|
|Brandon Nakashima||Lorenzo Musetti|
|Juan Manuel Cerundolo||Sebastian Baez|
|Holger Rune||Hugo Gaston|
Outright Winner Odds:-
Carlos Alcaraz – 6/4 – Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz has enjoyed a superb breakthrough season on the ATP Tour and is the top ranked player taking part in the event here in Milan. He has broken the top 40 in the world rankings this season and looks to have a stellar future ahead of him in the game. He will be the man to beat here in Italy and arrives in good form, following his run to the last 16 of the Paris Masters last week.
Sebastian Korda – 3/1 – American Sebastian Korda comes from serious sporting stock, with his father Petr a Grand Slam winner and both of his sisters having won golfing majors already in their fledgling careers. His big run was at the US Open this season and he looks to have the game to kick on in 2022 and how he’d love to get the ball rolling here in Milan.
Brandon Nakashima – 4/1 – Yet another American at the forefront of world tennis, Brandon Nakashima could sneak under the radar here in Milan. The world number 63 comes into this one fresh off the back of a challenger win in France and should be full of confidence here in Lombardy.
Hugo Gaston – 8/1 – 21 year old Hugo Gaston has really kicked on through 2021 and his performance in reaching the last 8 of the Paris Masters last time out had the French tennis fraternity dreaming once more. He has a game well suited to indoor hard courts and looks good value here in Milan.
Lorenzo Musetti – 8/1 – Home favourite Lorenzo Musetti will be looking to make it back to back Italian wins at the ATP Next Gen finals. Musetti hasn’t enjoyed the best run recently, but he has a superb game, with power from the back of the court and he could be firmly in contention in front of his home fans this week.
Holger Rune – 12/1 – Dane Holger Rune is another player to have developed significantly in 2021, reaching a career high ranking of 118 this week. He won the challenger event in Bergamo in the build up to his week here in Milan and with matches and confidence in the bank, he looks excellent value.
Sebastian Baez – 25/1 – Argentine Sebastian Baez has long been tipped things in the game and at the age of 20, now looks to be finding his best tennis. He has 5 Challenger titles to his name in 2021 and appears to have gotten into the winning habit, although he is stepping up a level here in Milan.
Juan Manuel Cerundolo – 30/1 – Fellow Argentine Juan Manuel Cerundolo took the ATP Tour by storm back in February 2021 – winning the Cordoba Open on his debut. His overall level has fluctuated through the season since, but he sits inside the top 100 and is more than capable of mixing it with the higher ranked players here.
Next Gen ATP Finals betXchange.com Best Bets:
Top Pick – Carlos Alcaraz – 6/4
Outside Pick – Holger Rune – 12/1