EMIRATES ATP RACE TO LONDON 2013
Federer On The Brink Of Qualifying
by ATP Staff|
Roger Federer needs to win just one match at the BNP Paribas Masters to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, with three spots up for grabs before the season finale gets underway next Monday at The O2.
The 32-year-old Swiss enters Paris in the seventh position in the Emirates ATP Race To London, closing in on his 12th straight appearance at the eight-player season finale following a runner-up finish this past week at the Swiss Indoors Basel.
Federer drew positives from reaching the final at his hometown tournament, but spoke of the importance of a deep run in Paris to lift his confidence going into the London.
“I’m a winner type, I don’t take that much confidence from losing matches,” he said Sunday after his three-set defeat to Juan Martin del Potro. “I’m happy about the level of play, that it’s getting better, but it’s not in losses where I find my confidence. It’s in wins. I think the four matches previous gave me more than today’s match.”
Federer, the 2011 Paris champion, will face the winner between Mikhail Youzhny and Kevin Anderson in his opening match. Youzhny upset top seed David Ferrer on Sunday to win the Valencia Open 500 title and move up five spots to No. 14 in The Emirates ATP Race To London. The 31 year old has a mathematical chance of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals should he win the BNP Paribas Masters.
Both will be looking to rebound from first-round exits in Basel. Wawrinka, who is looking to qualify for the first time, opens against either Feliciano Lopez or Bernard Tomic. Gasquet, who previously qualified in 2007, will play the winner between Ernests Gulbis and Fernando Verdasco.
Gasquet holds a slim 65-point lead over compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and could potentially meet his rival in the Paris third round. With Wawrinka in the other half of the draw, only one of the two Frenchmen can qualify for London should the Swiss win his first match.
Milos Raonic, Tommy Haas and Nicolas Almagro also remain in the running for a Barclays ATP World Tour Finals berth. Raonic must minimally reach the final to have a chance, while Haas and Almagro must win the title.