Juan Martin Del Potro became the seventh player to qualify for the year-end ATP Final next month. The Argentine earned the berth after topping American Brian Baker 7-5, 6-1 to advance to the Basel quarterfinals.
“For me it’s a gift for my effort during the year,” said Del Potro who will make his third appearance in the finals. “Being in that tournament means a lot. It’s only eight players fighting for one tournament. It’s the best eight players of the year, so it’s very important to me. I’m so glad to be there once again. I will be fighting against the big names in London and maybe I’ll have a chance to make another final.”
With Rafael Nadal officially withdrawn from London, two spots still remain with Janko Tipsarevic likely in and then Nicolas Almagro and Richard Gasquet bidding for the final spot. Both players are in the quarterfinals tomorrow with Almagro facing top seed David Ferrer in Valencia and Gasquet squaring off against Mikhail Youzhny in Basel.
Also in Basel tomorrow, five-time tournament champ Federer returns to face the talented Benoit Paire. Also in the quarters, Grigor Dimitrov locks up with Paul-Henri Mathieu and Del Potro meets Kevin Anderson.
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