EMIRATES ATP RACE TO LONDON
London Contenders Chase Points
by ATP Staff|
Four of the contenders in the Emirates ATP Race To London are in action this week at ATP World Tour 250 tournaments in Vienna, Stockholm and Moscow. After Juan Martin del Potro’s qualification at the weekend, four berths remain up for grabs at the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals next month in London.
Currently in ninth position, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga could strengthen his claim by winning the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, where he is the top seed. The Frenchman would gain a net total of 205 points, moving him ahead of the eighth-placed Roger Federer, who is not in action this week.
Tsonga is putting together a late charge to London, where he was runner-up in 2011 (l. to Federer), having been sidelined during the summer with a left knee injury. He is coming off a semi-final showing in Shanghai (l. to Djokovic).
Hot on Tsonga’s heels is fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet, who is just 50 points behind Tsonga going into the week. Gasquet suffered a setback when he was beaten in the first round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters last week, but could increase his points total to 3120 with victory this week at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. It would be enough to overtake Tsonga, should his countryman not win the Vienna title.
Canadian Milos Raonic is primed to take advantage of any slip up by Gasquet this week. The 22 year old, who is looking to qualify for the first time, starts the week in 11th position, but victory at the If Stockholm Open, where he is the second seed behind David Ferrer, would take him above Gasquet, should the Frenchman fail to reach the final in Moscow.
Tommy Haas still has an outside chance of qualifying for the first time at the age of 35. The German competes as the second seed in Vienna and victory in the Austrian capital city would close the gap marginally on Raonic. Haas is currently in 12th position, but is 505 points behind Raonic. By winning the title, he would earn a net total of 160 points.