Alexander Zverev has been able to set up a place alongside Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the ATP World Tour finals. The 20-year-old German has been named as the youngest competitor in the season finale for almost a decade. Juan Martin del Potro previously held the record as the youngest competitor at the ATP World Tour finals and he set the record back in 2008. Zverev comes on the back of a tremendous 2017 as he has been able to pick up two titles – including the Rome and Montreal Masters. As a result, he has been able to capture the fourth place in the world rankings.
The ATP World Tour finals is all set to kick off on November 12 and there are still five places still to be decided. Zverev claimed that it was a major boost to reach the finals as the third player behind Nadal and Federer – two players with more than 30 Grand Slam titles between them. He says that the qualification is a recognition of the tremendous 2017 campaign that he has experienced. Apart from reaching the ATP World Tour finals, the German has also been able to make it to the Next Gen Finals. This tournament is making its debut in Milan and it will be a difficult decision for Zverev with regards to competing in both tournaments.
There is a possibility that Zverev could do away with the Next Gen Finals in favour of the ATP World Tour finals. The Next Gen Finals features seven under-21 players who will be competing alongside a wildcard for the title. After having had a great 2017, there is a likelihood of Zverev focusing on the World Tour finals due to the higher quality of the competition and the possibility of playing alongside in the likes of Federer and Nadal.