2015 Marquee Fall Schedules: Find Out Where Djokovic, Federer, Nadal And Murray Will Be Playing
by Sean Randall | September 29th, 2015, 11:54 am
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With Novak Djokovic wrapping up the No. 1 race with his second US Open title and little drama in the Race to London – Top 7 including Rafael Nadal appear to already be booked – there’s not much to play for down the stretch this season so motivation might be an issue for some, but I still expect the top guys to give it their best shot to finish strong.

So here’s a short guide of where some of the favorites will be as the tour winds through Asia these next few weeks then over to Europe for the finish.

Novak Djokovic (4): Oct 5 – Beijing, Oct 12 – Shanghai, Nov 2 – Paris, Nov 15 – London
Roger Federer (4): Oct 12 – Shanghai, Oct 26 – Basel, Nov 2 – Paris, Nov 15 – London
Andy Murray (3): Oct 12 – Shanghai, Nov 2 – Paris, Nov 15 – London
Rafael Nadal (5): Oct 5 – Beijing, Oct 12 – Shanghai, Oct 26 – Basel, Nov 2 – Paris, Nov 15 – London
Stan Wawrinka (5): Oct 5 – Tokyo, Oct 12 – Shanghai, Oct 26 – Basel, Nov 2 – Paris, Nov 15 – London
Kei Nishikori (5): Oct 5 – Tokyo, Oct 12 – Shanghai, Oct 26 – Basel, Nov 2 – Paris, Nov 15 – London

By week:
Sept 28 (Kuala Lumpur, Shenzhen)
Kuala Lumpur – Ferrer, Lopez
Shenzhen – Berdych, Cilic

Oct 5 (Beijing, Tokyo)
Beijing (500) – Djokovic, Berdych, Ferrer, Nadal, Raonic, Isner, Tsonga
Tokyo (500) – Nishikori, Wawrinka, Cilic, Simon, Gasquet, Anderson, Dimitrov

Oct 12 (Shanghai)
Shanghai (1000) – Djokovic, Federer, Nadal, Murray, Wawrinka (all top players)

Oct 19 (Stockholm, Moscow, Vienna)
Stockholm (250) – Gasquet, Simon, Dimitrov
Vienna (500) – Ferrer, Raonic, Isner, Anderson
Moscow (250) – Cilic, Coric, Troicki

Oct 26 (Basel, Valencia)
Basel (500) – Federer, Nadal, Wawrinka, Nishikori, Raonic, Dimitrov
Valencia (250) – Ferrer, Lopez, Verdasco

Nov 2 (Paris)
Paris (1000) – Djokovic, Federer, Nadal, Murray, Wawrinka (all top players)

Nov 15 (London)
ATP Finals (1500) – Djokovic, Federer, Murray, Warwinka have all clinched berths

Nov 27 (Belgium)
GBR at BEL – Murray

Notably, Andy Murray has scaled back his schedule, playing just the two Masters events and possibly the Finals (I think he’ll play), with an eye on keeping in form for the Davis Cup final at the end of November.

Maybe looking to leapfrog Murray for the No. 2 ranking, Roger Federer is currently scheduled to play in Paris for a third straight year. Rafael Nadal will go all out playing five events after being beset by injury last fall.

Djokovic has the top spot, but I’m sure he’d like to resume his Masters domination after missing out on Canada and Cincinnati over the summer. And there’s a good fight for the No. 5 ranking position among Berdych, Nishikori and Nadal.

And I’m interested in seeing how the youngsters finish up. Borna Coric, Alex Zverev, Hyeon Chung, Andrey Rublev, Thanasi Kokkinakis have all had great seasons to date, now how much juice do they have left in their young tanks?

Turning to the ATP Race for London, as I said it looks like the field is playing for one spot.

1 Novak Djokovic 12785
2 Andy Murray 7510
3 Roger Federer 6740
4 Stan Wawrinka 5505
5 Tomas Berdych 3850
6 Kei Nishikori 3770
7 Rafael Nadal 3715
8 David Ferrer 3005
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9 Richard Gasquet 2355
10 Kevin Anderson 2205
11 John Isner 2180
12 Milos Raonic 2080
13 Marin Cilic 1965
14 Gilles Simon 1920
15 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 1900
16 David Goffin 1625

With their lead and schedules, Berdych, Nishikori and Nadal all appear to be well-position to qualify for the final eight – someone like Gasquet would have to win Paris and Tokyo to have any chance of catching them!

So we are looking at that last spot falling to Ferrer, Gasquet, Anderson, Isner, Raonic, etc. That said, guys like Anderson, Isner, Raonic, Cilic and Tsonga are all excellent indoor, fast court players, so one or two could make a big run the final few weeks and shake things up. That means Ferrer could get picked off, but even he has a substantial lead at the moment.

What’s nice is this year it seems most of the guys are healthy heading into the last few months…Healthy for now.


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12 Comments for 2015 Marquee Fall Schedules: Find Out Where Djokovic, Federer, Nadal And Murray Will Be Playing

Humble Rafa Says:

No. 7 does not fit the good man.


RZ Says:

I’m curious to see how much (and how well) Ferrer and Gasquet play to try to get that final spot for the finals. Ferrer has quite a lead for now, but Gasquet has been the more in-form player over the past few months due to improved play and the fact that Ferrer has been injured.


jalep Says:

Sean Randall says

“And I’m interested in seeing how the youngsters finish up. Borna Coric, Alex Zverev, Hyeon Chung, Andrey Rublev, Thanasi Kokkinakis have all had great seasons to date, now how much juice do they have left in their young tanks?”

Post Davis Cup Andrey Rublev hasn’t been winning. Coric – we’ll see, he also played hard for DC.

Alex Zverev has had tough 1st rounds = no wins. Thanasi too, but he also played DC.

Hyeon Chung is strongest of the bunch at this point. Won a challenger with a decent field last week in Taiwan. Won his 1st round in Shenzhen Monday and plays Aliaz Bedene next match.


chris ford1 Says:

The Barclay’s O2 Arena Championships will have the largest importance.
Federer – a 7th would make it harder for Djoker to catch him there, career-wise and take the sting out somewhat of two Slam Finals he came up short with.
Rafa – His crappy 2015 would end on a really sweet note if he got the last remaining big thing on his bucket list. Not likely, he has never liked the surface or being indoors, but he did make the Final once and made a good run before Nole broke him with impossible rallies.
Stan – Dangerous to anyone when hot.
Murray – Great season, obscured by all the aging Champ Fed love and Djokovic’s awesome run. But next to Nole, most likely to win.
Nishikori – Dangerous when uninjured. But he is injured a lot.
Djokovic – Going to tie Sampras and Lendl, with Fed’s 6 a reachable thing if he wins again this year. The favorite, and highly motivated to peak at the Championships. A chance to get the most points in a single year since the Open Era started . Chasing Fed’s 2006 mark.


J-Kath Says:

ChrisFord – Andy won’t win the WTF – if he plays DC will be on his mind.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Rafa has been in the WTFs twice losing to Novak and Federer,he lost to Novak in the final in 2013,and to Federer in 2010,he has believe it or not beaten both players on the way to those finals,those were two of his best years on tour though,cant see him doing much this year with the crappy year hes had,my hope would be that he doesnt suffer a whitewash,having said that aside from Rafas crap year, and Novaks amazing year,i choose to hope that somebody else might actually win some titles now….


RZ Says:

@Gypsy Gal – I remember the final between Fed and Rafa in 2010. After the match, members of Rafa’s family congratulated Fed and exchanged kisses with him. It was very sweet.

When I looked up to find video, the Tennis-X link came up first. http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2010-12-01/5838.php


Patricia Pascoe Says:

I think has got his mind set on this tournament and I am sure he will do very well (im talking about Rafa)He has definitely the abilaby Go for it Rafa .


Tennisfan Says:

I just hope the WTF is more competitive than last year. There was nothing fun in seeing only 2 players win consistently and quite easily at last year’s round robin. And of course that we actually see the final being played this year


chris ford1 Says:

J-Kath, agree. Conventional wisdom gives odds, based on Andy’s recent statements, that he won’t play the O2 Arena.
But as Randall points out, he has just scaled back his schedule and may, as Randall says, possibly play the Finals based on that. If he does, he will be in it to win it.
Perhaps Murray will “pull a muscle” or something right before Paris, rest, get some clay practice in, and try a Barclays-DC end of season burst.

Maybe I’m just hoping. Andy deserves to play for the big points and money – he has earned that right. But DC is the higher priority, no doubt, in Murrays camp.


Gypsy Gal Says:

RZ Yeah i remember that,i wasnt actually blogging here then but i saw it on the TV which was pretty cool….

Tennisfan completely agree….

Patricia Roscoe would love for you to be right,but i very much doubt it,he didnt even do it on his best years on tour,so i dont really see him doing it on his worst year on tour….


jane Says:

thanks for this sean; i really appreciate how you laid it all out for us by players/weeks. some of us will just watch our faves/others will watch it all, but this breakdown is super useful. cheers.

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