Ruud becomes first Norwegian to book ATP Finals spot

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Tennis - ATP 500 - Erste Bank Open - Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria - October 29, 2021 Norway's Casper Ruud successful enactment during his 4th last lucifer against Italy's Jannik Sinner REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

Nov 5 (Reuters) - Casper Ruud has go the archetypal Norwegian to publication a spot successful the season-ending ATP Finals, leaving 1 spot to beryllium filled astatine the tourney successful Turin, Italy aboriginal this month.

The 22-year-old has won 5 of his six ATP Tour titles during a breakthrough 2021 and is tied with Germany's satellite fig 4 Alexander Zverev for the astir tour-level trophies during the season.

The ATP Finals is played betwixt the apical 8 men's singles players and doubles teams and volition beryllium held from Nov. 14-21.

"It's been an unbelievable twelvemonth that volition person the cleanable extremity to the season," Ruud said successful an ATP connection aft confirming his Turin spot with a 6-2 6-1 triumph implicit American Marcos Giron astatine the Paris Masters connected Thursday.

"It's been a stressful mates of weeks and months, due to the fact that it's been specified a choky race. It's been amusive astatine the aforesaid clip (and) truthful breathtaking to ticker arsenic a tennis fan."

Ruud joins satellite fig 1 Novak Djokovic, U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Zverev, Andrey Rublev and Matteo Berrettini to suffice for the event.

Poland's Hubert Hurkacz volition clinch the eighth and last spot if helium beats Australian James Duckworth successful the quarter-final of the ATP Masters 1000 lawsuit successful Paris aboriginal connected Friday.

Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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