David Ferrer won the Vienna title earlier today effectively wrapping up the Race to the London. With only two weeks remaining in the ATP’s regular season, two spots are still to be confirmed for the London finals, and there’s quite a substantial gap for the chasers to close.
Both David Ferrer and Kei Nishikori are tied at 7th by a whopping 1,400 points over 9th place JW Tsonga and 1,410 over Richard Gasquet, the only two players left in contention as only 1,500 total points are left to be won.
“I am in a good position for London, but I have yet to qualify. Certainly, today I took a big step,” Ferrer said.
Someone should tell David to book his ticket.
Since Tsonga isn’t playing, the only player who then can crash the current eight is Gasquet, and he’ll need to win both Basel and then Paris just to have any chance.
That’s not happening.
So the Race is over. That’s the bad news I guess. The good news is we have a very strong field for the Finals. Nishikori’s been a bit of a letdown of late, but Ferrer’s playing well as is Tomas Berdych who collected a title today. And provided Murray plays (I think he will), it should be a great conclusion to the year.
The groupings, though, are still TBD. Of importance, Federer could pass Murray for the No. 2 spot therefore avoiding Djokovic in the round robin. Otherwise, as it stands now we could see a Djokovic, Federer, Nadal “Group of GOATS” scenario. What fun that would be.
ATP Race Standings as of Monday, October 26:
1 Novak Djokovic 14285*
2 Andy Murray 7870*
3 Roger Federer 6750*
4 Stan Wawrinka 6140*
5 Tomas Berdych 4440*
6 Rafael Nadal 4330*
7 David Ferrer 3945
7 Kei Nishikori 3945
9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2545
10 Richard Gasquet 2535
* = Clinched Londen berth.
(Groupings are randomly split 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8).
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