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With Carlos Alcaraz (ATP 1/injured) and Holger Run (ATP 10/voluntary withdrawal) missing two of the current top talents for the Next Gen Finals in Milan starting on Tuesday. Nevertheless, the field of participants is well filled, especially the group with the Swiss Dominic Stricker (ATP 111) has everything.
The 20-year-old from Bern will take on Jack Draper (ATP 41) on Tuesday night. The same old Briton broke through on the ATP tour this year, ranking more than 200 places in the world.
The Next Gen Finals will be played in a format still unique to the tour:
- You only need 4 games won instead of 6 to win a set.
- Best of 5 phrases
- At 40:40, the next point decides the winner of the game. Without AD.
- Faster Shot Clock: On an ace/deuce or return error, the time between points is only 15 seconds instead of 25.
Stricker’s other opponents in the red group are local hero Lorenzo Musetti (ATP 23) and Taiwan’s Tseng Chun-Hsin (ATP 90). The top 2 advance to the semi-finals. Stricker’s progress would be a surprise.
Weaker group green
After Rune’s cancellation, the latter group has a less prominent cast. The favorite is Brandon Nakashima (ATP 49), his opponents are Jiří Lehecka (CZE/ATP 74), Francesco Passaro (ITA/ATP 119) and Matteo Arnaldi (ITA/ATP 134).
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