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Race To London Heats Up In Tokyo, Beijing

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Tipsarevic© Getty ImagesJanko Tipsarevic has the chance this week to overtake Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Race To London.

With just five weeks to go in the bid to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, the South African Airways ATP Rankings Race To London heats up this week with two ATP World Tour 500 tournaments in Tokyo and Beijing.

Currently in ninth position, Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic could overtake eighth-placed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga should he win the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships and the Frenchman fails to lift the trophy at the China Open. The Top 8 players at the end of the regular season, which culminates at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, will qualify for the season finale.

Fifth-placed David Ferrer could press his claim to qualify with a strong showing in Beijing. The Spaniard, who opened his Asian Swing with a semi-final showing at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur last week (l. to Benneteau), could climb to 5,030 points this week with victory in Beijing, where he is seeded second behind Novak Djokovic.

Last week’s tournament champions, Richard Gasquet (Bangkok) and Juan Monaco (Kuala Lumpur) gave themselves an outside chance of securing one of the eight qualifying berths. Currently up to joint 11th in the Race To London, they both have the opportunity to overtake Nicolas Almagro in 10th position with semi-final showings or better this week, as the Spaniard is contending with a 150-point drop-off. Monaco continues his bid in Tokyo, while Gasquet features as the fifth seed in Beijing.

The World’s Top 4, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal have already qualified for the season finale, which will be staged at London’s O2 Arena from 5-12 November.

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