US OPEN 2013
Emirates ATP Race To London Hits Prime Time
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
With just eight weeks to go until the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, the focus shifts from the 52-week rankings to the calendar-year Emirates ATP Race To London.
The top eight singles players will qualify for the season finale, to be held from 4-11 November at The O2, and there are currently five spots up for grabs. US Open champion Rafael Nadal and runner-up Novak Djokovic had already secured their spots ahead of the year’s final major, and will be joined by Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, whose qualification was announced Tuesday.
While Nadal has a massive lead at the top of Emirates ATP Race To London, more than 3,000 points ahead of Djokovic at No. 2, less than 2,000 points separates Tomas Berdych at No. 5 from Gilles Simon at No. 20 with a lot of points still up for grabs at this crucial stage of the season. The champions of the Shanghai Rolex Masters and BNP Paribas Masters will each add an additional 1,000 points, while winners of the ATP World Tour 500 tournaments in Beijing, Tokyo, Basel and Valencia can earn up to another 500.
Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka and Frenchman Richard Gasquet both gained ground in the standings with their semi-final finishes at the US Open, moving up one spot respectively to the coveted eighth and ninth positions. Tommy Robredo and Mikhail Youzhny also benefited from quarter-final runs at Flushing Meadows, respectively climbing three and four places to No. 16 and 17.
Meanwhile, 2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga dropped from No. 8 to No. 10 after missing the US Open through injury. Kei Nishikori, Kevin Anderson and Simon also fell two spots.