BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS 2012
Ferrer On The Bubble For Finals Qualification
by ATP Staff|
Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have already qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals from 5-12 November, but who is on the bubble to secure one of the four remaining singles berths at The O2 in London?
ATPWorldTour.com takes a look at the contenders...
No. 5 – David Ferrer (4,735 points)
Last week, the Spaniard reached his second US Open semi-final (l. to Murray) and is in pole position at No. 5 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings Race To London. He is bidding to qualify for the prestigious circuit finale for the fourth time (2007, 2010-11). Enjoying a career-best season, he has a 58-12 match record, including five ATP World Tour titles on three different surfaces.
No. 6 – Juan Martin del Potro (3,750)
The Argentine trails Ferrer by 985 points after a US Open quarter-final exit (l. to Djokovic). He will be bidding to clinch a berth for the first time since 2009, when he lost to Nikolay Davydenko in the final. Del Potro has won two ATP World Tour titles this year, at the Open 13 in Marseille (d. Llodra) and the Estoril Open (d. Gasquet), plus a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics.
No. 7 - Tomas Berdych (3,580)
The Czech is hoping to qualify for the third straight season. Last week, he lost to Murray in the US Open semi-finals and is just 170 points behind del Potro. Berdych and del Potro have compiled a 28-9 record on hard courts this year. Berdych lifted the Open Sud de France trophy at Montpellier (d. Monfils) in February and also finished runner-up at the Mutua Madrid Open (l. to Federer) and the Winston-Salem Open (l. to Isner).
No. 8 - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (2,745)
Last year’s runner-up made his debut in 2008, but had to wait until last year to make a second tilt at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title. The Frenchman lost to Federer 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3 in the final at The O2 in London. Tsonga has amassed a 22-8 record on hard courts this year, winning the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha (d. Monfils). The 27 year old has also reached three other semi-finals and six quarter-finals.
No. 9 – Janko Tipsarevic (2,720)
The Serbian trails Tsonga by just 25 points after a US Open quarter-final exit (l. to Ferrer). Having served as an alternate last year, replacing Murray for two round-robin matches, Tipsarevic is bidding to finish in the year-end Top 8 for the first time. So far this season, the 28 year old has won his third ATP World Tour title at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart (d. Monaco) from three final appearances.
No. 10 – Nicolas Almagro (2,375)
The Spaniard, who is 2-2 in ATP World Tour finals this season, is attempting to qualify for the first time. Almagro had compiled a 34-9 record on clay in 2012, highlighted by reaching his third Grand Slam championship quarter-final at Roland Garros in May. Almagro lost in the US Open fourth round to Berdych.
No. 11 – John Isner (2,250)
The American is 495 points behind No. 8-ranked Tsonga at No. 11 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings Race To London. Isner has won two ATP World Tour titles from four finals in 2012, including a runner-up finish at his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, the BNP Paribas Open, when he beat Djokovic in the semi-finals. He also defeated Federer in the Davis Cup first round and has a 6-2 record against Top 10 opponents this year.
No. 12T – Richard Gasquet (2,110)
The 26-year-old Frenchman made his only appearance at a circuit finale in 2006, when the tournament was held in Shanghai. Last week, Gasquet reached the US Open fourth round (l. to Ferrer), but has finished runner-up at the Estoril Open (l. to del Potro) and Rogers Cup in Toronto (l. to Djokovic) this season. He has amassed an 33-18 match record.
No. 12T – Juan Monaco (2,110)
Despite suffering a US Open first-round loss, the Argentine is compiling a career-best season with three ATP World Tour titles from four finals. He broke into the Top 10 of the South African Airways ATP Rankings for the first time on 23 July.
No. 14 – Milos Raonic (1,975)
The 21-year-old Canadian, who was the ATP’s Newcomer of the Year in 2011, has won two ATP World Tour titles this year at Chennai and the SAP Open in San Jose (d. Istomin). Raonic lost to Murray in the US Open fourth round, but has won 24 of his 36 matches on hard-courts (36-15).
No. 15 – Marin Cilic (1,970)
The 6’6” Croatian has an 8-7 record in ATP World Tour finals after lifting the AEGON Championships (d. Nalbandian) and ATP Vegeta Croatia Open Umag (d. Granollers) trophies this season. He remains in contention after a US Open quarter-final loss to Murray.
After Davis Cup action, there will be 13 ATP World Tour tournaments – including the Shanghai Rolex Masters and BNP Paribas Masters – over the next seven weeks, in the build-up to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.