The ATP officially announced today that Rafael Nadal has qualified for the ATP Finals in London at the end of the season. Nadal joins Wimbledon champion and current No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the exclusive 8-man field.
Nadal has now qualified for the event for a 10th straight year. The Spaniard has finished runner-up on two occasions, in 2010 (l. to Federer) and 2013 (l. to Djokovic) but he has never won the title.
With six spots still up for grabs, the race heats up as the tour moves to the hardcourts. Swiss stars Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka are both in good position to qualify while Andy Murray and David Ferrer will need to have a strong second half to the season to return to the prestigious event which begins on November 9.
Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori could play spoilers and Marin Cilic is also having a good season.
Here are the latest ATP Race standings as of July 14:
1 Djokovic, Novak (SRB) 7,250
2 Nadal, Rafael (ESP) 6,645
3 Federer, Roger (SUI) 4,560
4 Wawrinka, Stan (SUI) 4,095
5 Berdych, Tomas (CZE) 3,050
6 Dimitrov, Grigor (BUL)2,785
7 Murray, Andy (GBR) 2,435
8 Ferrer, David (ESP) 2,410
9 Nishikori, Kei (JPN) 2,405
10 Gulbis, Ernests (LAT)2,265
11 Raonic, Milos (CAN) 2,205
12 Cilic, Marin (CRO) 1,710
13 Bautista Agut (ESP) 1,565
14 Fognini, Fabio (ITA) 1,500
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Rafa was the first to qualify which he did after the French Open. Why the ATP are only just announcing this fact is a bit of a mystery or maybe they just made a mistake which they won’t admit to as per several tweets out there especially by Ben Rothenberg.
July 14th, 2014 at 10:48 am