Sunday's final day of competition at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown will see three Top 10 players—Stefanos Tsitsipas, Matteo Berrettini and David Goffin—joined by in-form former Top 10 player Richard Gasquet, all battling it out for the title at the debut event in Nice, France.
Before the final four compete for the championship, five more round-robin matches will take place on Saturday: Corentin Moutet against Holger Rune; Alexei Popyrin against Dustin Brown; Tsitsipas against Goffin; Gasquet against Benoit Paire; and Feliciano Lopez against Elliot Benchetrit.
The results of the third and fourth matches on Saturday will determine the order of the Top 4 in the rankings, which will in turn determine who will play each other in the semifinals on Sunday. The semifinals will pit the No. 1 in the rankings against No. 4, and likewise No. 2 against No. 3.
Tsitsipas, Berrettini, Goffin and Gasquet have already clinched the Top 4 spots, but the order isn’t set in stone. Going into the weekend, the Top 4 looks like this:
The third match on Saturday, Tsitsipas against Goffin, could determine the No. 1. If Tsitsipas wins, he’ll clinch the top spot. If he loses, Gasquet can take it if he beats Paire, and his sets won and lost are better than Tsitsipas’. (Watch the matches live on Tennis Channel and at UTSlive.tv)
Tsitsipas, Berrettini and Goffin are No. 6, No. 8 and No. 10 on the ATP rankings, respectively, and though Gasquet is currently down at No. 50, he’s a former No. 7. The Frenchman was just coming back to the tour from a knee injury in February, having missed the entire Australian season.
Three of the final four are also Grand Slam semifinalists—Tsitsipas reached that stage at the 2019 Australian Open; Berrettini at the 2019 US Open; and Gasquet has done it three times, at Wimbledon in 2007, the US Open in 2013, and at Wimbledon again in 2015. Goffin’s best runs at the majors are three quarterfinals: at Roland Garros in 2016, the Australian Open in 2017, and Wimbledon in 2019.
The highest-ranked player who started in the field, No. 3 Dominic Thiem, was only able to play two weekends due to other commitments, including his own Thiem’s 7 event this weekend. The three-time Grand Slam finalist played four matches at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown, coincidentally one against each of the final four, losing to Gasquet but beating the other three.
Berrettini is playing the Thiem’s 7 event on Saturday, but will return to this event on Sunday.