The Canadian is picking up the pace this month. By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Saturday, October 22, 2022

Felix Auger-Aliassime is closing in on his third title of 2023 – and a first trip to the Nitto ATP Finals.

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The Canadian, who took down Richard Gasquet in straight sets on Saturday in Antwerp, 7-6(2), 7-6(3), created some distance between himself and Hubert Hurkacz and Taylor Fritz in the race for the final spot to the ATP’s prestigious season-ending championships.

Auger-Aliassime now leads Fritz by 240 points; he leads Hurkacz by 355 points.

If the World No.10 wins his final on Sunday against Sebastian Korda, he will add another 100 points to his total.

The 22-year-old has never qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals before. He is 47-24 on the season with two titles in 2022. He is also 18-4 indoors.

Auger-Aliassime will play an ATP 500 in Basel next week, while Hurkacz and Fritz are both in the 500 Vienna draw.

In the final week of the season, all three players will take their place in the final Masters 1000 event of the season at the Paris Masters draw.

Cameron Norrie, Matteo Berrettini, Pablo Carreno Busta, Jannik Sinner, Marin Cilic and others still have a mathematical chance to qualify as well.