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Roddick In Pole Position To Clinch Finals Berth

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Andy Roddick© AFP/Getty ImagesAmerican Andy Roddick is in pole position to clinch one of three remaining singles berths at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in November.

Andy Roddick returns to the ATP World Tour circuit this week, leading the battle to secure one of three remaining singles berths at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in November. 

The American, who made a US Open third-round exit (l. to Isner) last month, will be looking to defend his Beijing title at the China Open, an ATP World Tour 500 hard-court tennis tournament.  Roddick will face competition from Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and four other players, Nikolay Davydenko, Fernando Verdasco, Fernando Gonzalez and Robin Soderling, who are also attempting to reach the elite circuit finale. 

Davydenko added 250 South African Airways 2009 ATP Rankings points after capturing his third ATP World Tour title of the year over Spanish rival Verdasco — who picked up 150 Rankings points — at the Proton Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2009.

Frenchmen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gilles Simon, last week’s titlist at the PTT Thailand Open in Bangkok (d. Troicki), will challenge del Potro for the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo.  The 21-year-old del Potro, the 2008 runner-up, is competing for the first time since clinching the US Open title.

Roger Federer, Nadal, Andy Murray, Djokovic and del Potro have already qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 arena in London.

2009 Year-To-Date South African Airways ATP Ranking Points (5 October, 2009) 
1 Roger Federer 9855
2 Rafael Nadal 8145
3 Andy Murray 6040
4 Juan Martin del Potro 5735
5 Novak Djokovic 5550
6 Andy Roddick 4320
7 Fernando Verdasco 2930
8 Fernando Gonzalez 2645
9 Robin Soderling 2475
10 Nikolay Davydenko 2405
11 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2050
12 Tommy Robredo 1905
13 Gilles Simon 1890
14 Tommy Haas 1780
15 David Ferrer 1750

The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals will feature the world’s top eight singles players and eight doubles teams competing to be officially crowned 2009 ATP World Tour Champions.  Each of the top eight players and doubles teams will be drawn to play three round-robin matches to determine which four players and teams advance to the knockout semi-finals. 

With a capacity of 250,000, less than 20,000 tickets remain on sale to tennis fans across the group sessions at The O2, which will host the eight-day singles and doubles tournament. Tickets are available online through www.BarclaysATPWorldTourFinals.com or by calling 0844 847 2495 within the UK. Overseas customers should call +44 161 372 0025.

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