EMIRATES ATP RACE TO LONDON 2014
Djokovic, Nadal Lead Five Front Runners In Race To London
by ATP Staff|
Three months into the 2014 ATP World Tour season and there are five clear front runners pressing their claim to qualify for the year-end Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Following his Indian Wells-Miami double, which earned him 2000 points, Novak Djokovic leads the Emirates ATP Race To London, which is determined only by performances in 2014. The Serb, who is the defending champion at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, is just 95 points ahead of Rafael Nadal, runner-up at the Australian Open and winner of two ATP World Tour titles this year.
Stanislas Wawrinka is looking to make a second visit to London, following a semi-final run on his debut at The O2 last year, and is in third position in the race after winning his first major title at the Australian Open. Wawrinka is closely followed by fellow Swiss Roger Federer, who has made a resurgence this season, and Tomas Berdych, bidding to qualify for the fifth time.
The Top 5 in the race have all earned more than 2000 points this season, with Alexandr Dolgopolov leading the chasing pack in sixth place, 915 points behind Berdych. Nos. 6-12 in the race are all looking to boost their bid in the upcoming European clay-court season, with only the Top 8 at the close of the regular season earning a ticket to the season finale, which takes place 9-16 November.
Among the 6-12 group are rising stars Dolgopolov (No. 6), Kei Nishikori (No. 8) and Grigor Dimitrov (No. 9), who are all looking to qualify for the first time. The trio have all enjoyed standout performances in 2014, with Dolgopolov ousting Nadal en route to the Indian Wells semi-finals, Nishikori stunning Federer to reach the Miami semis and Dimitrov upsetting Andy Murray on his way to winning his first ATP World Tour 500 in Acapulco.
In the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan are out in front after the first quarter, having won 16 of their past 17 matches and clinched three titles in a row. The Americans are just over 400 points ahead of Australian Open champion Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt, who are looking to make their first appearance as a team at The O2.
Kubot and Lindstedt are 550 points clear of third-placed Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen, the Australian Open runners-up, while just 300 points separate the teams from third to seventh in the race. The reunited duo of Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, who won the season finale in 2008 and 2010, are in fourth position in the race.