Aslan Karatsev: I will fight to end to earn spot at Nitto ATP Finals

Russian tennis star Aslan Karatsev has acknowledged that he is still holding hope that he could qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals. 

Karatsev started the season in a stunning style, having reached the Australian Open semifinal as a qualifier. 

In March, Karatsev captured his maiden ATP title in Dubai. 

Last week, Karatsev saw off former world No. 3 Marin Cilic in the Moscow final to lift his second ATP title. 

Karatsev sits at No. 13 on the Race to Turin list but he is basically 12th players since eighth-ranked Rafael Nadal is out for the season. 

Karatsev could win 1250 points in the rest of the season as he plays at this week’s St. Petersburg Open and he is also scheduled to play at the Paris Masters. 

“I will not hide from you that one of my goals is to compete at the ATP Finals. I will try to the end. It is true that the situation is complicated but there are still possibilities,” Karatsev said, per We Love Tennis. 

Karatsev achieved one of his dreams 

WInning it all in front of his home fans in Moscow was a dream come true for Karatsev. 

In the past, Karatsev played in the Moscow qualifying five times. 

“It is a dream come true,” Karatsev said after winning the title. “It is a tournament where I have played in qualifying at and now I am winning the tournament. Thank you for all of your support. It was a very nervous final game, I hit a double fault and then on break point there was that long rally, but I managed to win it in the end.”

Karatsev dedicated the Moscow title to his team and family. 

“First of all, I would like to dedicate my win to my parents, my mum and my father. All my relatives and all of my friends,” Karatsev added.

Following his victory in Moscow, Karatsev rose to a career-high ranking of No. 19 in the world.