Men's Race 2021: Navarro and Di Nenno close in on number ones

The fight to qualify for the Madrid Master Final is heating up as the men's Race 2021 is heating up, with 15 tournaments played and just three left.

Men's Race 2021: Navarro and Di Nenno close in on number ones

With 15 tournaments in the books in the current World Padel Tour season, the men's Race 2021 is in the homes straight now.

While number ones Alejandro Galán and Juan Lebrón fell in the semi-finals of the Cervezas Victoria Cordoba Open, Francisco Paquito Navarro and Martín Di Nenno went all the way for their second tournament win of the year.

They cut the deficit at the top, with the rankings at the bottom getting close to. With three tournaments left before the Madrid Master Final, here is how the men's Race 2021 stands.

What is The Race?

The Race is a ranking, apart from the regular rankings, of just the current season. At the start of the year, every player starts with zero points, unlike the actual rankings, where the past season affects your standing.

Therefore, The Race serves as a good barometer for the current season and what partnerships are most in-form.

The other purpose of The Race is to qualify for the Master Final. The final tournament of the season as well as the climax, the Master Final is the most coveted title of the year.

In both the men's and women's Circuit, the top 16 players in The Race qualify for the Master Final. If one player of a pair is in the top 16 and the other is not, the player who is will need to find a new partner, who has also qualified, to play the Master Final with.

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Men's Race 2021

With 10.645 points, Galán and Lebrón still have daylight between themselves and pursuers Navarro and Di Nenno. The latter has 8.540 points each, 2.105 points behind.

Including the Master Final itself, which gives you 1.300 points if you win, there are still 5.000 points up for grabs in 2021. While it is highly unlikely, Navarro and Di Nenno could still catch the top dogs.

In either case, both pairs are mathematically placed for the Madrid Master Final already.

In the rest of the Top10, the only gainer after the Cordoba Open is Fernando Belasteguín. Bela reached the semi-finals in Cordoba and is now on 5.885 puntos, joint-sixth with Agustín Tapia. In the Top50, four players went up three places: Sergio Alba, 'Pincho' Fernández, García Diestro and Ramiro Moyano.

The fight for the final tickets to the Master Final is very close. Belasteguín's new partner Arturo Coello is just 55 points away from barging into the top 16, allowing him to line up next to his partner in Madrid in December.

For now, after the Cordoba Open, no newcomers have arrived in the Master Finals places.

Click here to see the full men's Race 2021.

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