The queue to grab the last available seats for the Turin ATP Finals is growing, with the British Cameron Norrie protagonist of an unexpected rise in the special ATP Race list.
Thus the hopes of Jannik Sinner to become the second Italian in contention in Turin, in addition to Matteo Berrettini, also pass through Bulgaria: in the first semifinal of Indian Wells, Piatti's pupil, eliminated in the round of 16, will cheer for the n.28 to the world Grigor Dimitrov against Norrie (n.26), who with the victory in the quarterfinals reduced the distance from Alto Adige.
Twelfth, the British is 405 points behind the 20 year old from Sesto Pusteria (tenth, at 2,595) who has already won three tournaments this year.
The southpaw born in South Africa dominated (6-0 6-2) the Argentine Diego Schwartzman, 15 Atp, and with the conquest of his first semifinal in a Masters 1000, he is destined to enter the top 10. "Today I everything went well - the 26-year-old said hotly -. I had good timing on the ball from the start.
I was prepared for a long game, as the others had been against Schwartzman in the past. But in the first set I hit several lines and in the second I served well when I needed the first. I'm happy, it's a great victory for me. "
The 45th of the season, to be precise.
A favor to Sinner, Dimitrov - who eliminated the winner of the US Open, Daniil Medvedev - has already done so, beating in comeback (3-6, 6-4, 7-6) Hubert Hurkacz and slowed down his race towards Turin: the Pole, ninth, now precedes Sinner by 400 points. In eighth position, the last useful to play at Pala Alpitour from 14 to 21 November next, there is still Rafael Nadal, who is out of the game to treat inflammation in his left foot, as he himself confirmed in recent days speaking to the Spanish media: "I don't know when I'll be back to play.
Every day I work and follow a specific plan that has very clear objectives and phases. But I won't reveal them." The other Indian Wells semi-final will be defined by the challenges Taylor Fritz-Alexander Zverev and Nikoloz Basilashvili-Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Among the women, eyes focused on Tunisian Ons Jabeur.
Reaching the semifinals (she will challenge her friend Paula Badosa) from Monday, the 27-year-old will be the first Arab racquet (including men) to enter the top 10. "I know it's the beginning, I know - he specified - that this place has been worth a long time. . But I want to show that I deserve to be here, I deserve to be in the top ten. I just believed in myself, I worked hard and this is just the beginning. "
Flavia Pennetta chases another dream, who could be the first Italian tennis player to enter the tennis hall of fame, third absolute representative after Nicola Pietrangeli, the blue with the highest ranking in the history of sport, and the journalist Gianni Clerici.
"Even just to be taken into consideration - the Brindisi champion of the US Open 2015 told Supertennis in the first all-blue Grand Slam final - is a great honor, it shows me how much what I have done in my career is considered".
He will have to contend with five other tennis legends.
The queue is not just there to participate in the ATP Finals.