As we come down the homestretch in this 2013 season, here’s your guide to where your favorite top players will be.
After a few weeks off post US Open, things heat up next week in Beijing with the return of defending champion Novak Djokovic along with Rafa Nadal. The two then head to Shanghai where they’ll be joined by Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro.
From the there the tour winds through Europe and its ultimate conclusion at the ATP Finals in London which is less than six weeks away. Yes, it’s a quick sprint to the finish.
With the No. 1 race all but wrapped up for Rafa – Nadal leads by 3K over Novak right now – and Andy Murray on the sidelines, the only drama this last month will be which Frenchman will get that last spot in London, Richard Gasquet of JW Tsonga? Milos Raonic and Tommy Haas has longshot chances, but they’ll have to get to finals to put themselves in position.
What stands out the most? Nadal, who missed the first month of the year, is playing a heavy 5-tournament schedule, really pressing those knees on those damaging hardcourts. The US Open champ will be a busy man, so will his knees. Might the elusive ATP Finals be the desired target?
As for the current No. 1 Djokovic, he’ll likely lose that top spot by mid-October (once Shanghai comes off), and with little chance of returning there – he’ll need a Nadal collapse – what’s the motivation this last month? He’ll want to fresh for Davis Cup, but before then?
After a disappointing year, let’s see if Federer can recapture that magic like he usually does when he plays indoors. But the fields, specially Basel with Nadal, will be tough.
And with the tour going inside, big servers like Milos Raonic, Tsonga and Isner should shine, but will they?
Nadal (5): Sep 30 – Beijing, Oct 6 – Shanghai, Oct 21 – Basel, Oct 28 – Paris, Nov 4 – London
Federer (4): Oct 6 – Shanghai, Oct 21 – Basel, Oct 28 – Paris, Nov 4 – London(?)
Djokovic (5): Sep 30 – Beijing, Oct 6 – Shanghai, Oct 28 – Paris, Nov 4 – London, Nov 15 – Davis Cup Final
Del Potro (5): Sep 30 – Tokyo, Oct 6 – Shanghai, Oct 21 – Basel, Oct 28 – Paris, Nov 4 – London
Ferrer (5): Sep 30 – Beijing, Oct 6 – Shanghai, Oct 21 – Valencia, Oct 28 – Paris, Nov 4 – London
SEP 30 (Beijing, Tokyo)
BEIJING: Djokovic, Nadal, Ferrer, Gasquet, Berdych, Wawrinka
TOKYO: Del Potro, Tsonga, Raonic, Nishikori, Almagro
OCT 6 (Shanghai)
SHANGHAI: Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, Ferrer, Del Potro, Berdych, Tsonga, Gasquet
Oct 14 (Stockholm, Moscow, Vienna)
MOSCOW: Gasquet, Wawrinka
VIENNA: Tsonga, Monfils
Oct 21 (Basel, Valencia)
BASEL: Federer, Nadal, Del Potro, Berdcyh, Raonic, Gasquet
VALENCIA: Ferrer, Monfils, Haas, Almagro
Oct 28 (Paris)
PARIS: Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, Del Potro
Nov 4 (London)
LONDON: Djokovic, Nadal, Murray(???)
NOV 15 (Davis Cup Final)
CZE at SRB: Djokovic, Berdych
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