Race Update: Goffin In Pole Position For London
All eyes on Paris as the ATP World Tour season reaches its climax
The battle for a place at the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 12-19 November, all comes down to the final seven days of the regular ATP World Tour season at the Rolex Paris Masters this week.
There are currently 12 singles players competing at the final ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the year mathematically in contention for a place at the season finale – from Belgium’s David Goffin at No. 8 in the Emirates ATP Race To London to Diego Schwartzman of Argentina at No. 26.
Goffin, a winner of two ATP World Tour titles from four finals in 2017, is in pole position to make his debut in London. He could clinch the seventh spot in the eight-player field by reaching the Paris semi-finals.
Pablo Carreno Busta (No. 9), Sam Querrey (No. 11), Kevin Anderson (No. 12) and the in-form Juan Martin del Potro (No. 13) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (No. 14) would also seal their place at the Nitto ATP Finals by lifting the Paris trophy.
Lucas Pouille, last week’s winner of the Erste Bank Open 500 crown, Roberto Bautista Agut, John Isner, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Jack Sock and Schwartzman all have a chance by winning Paris. But their qualification will also depend upon the results of other contenders.
In the doubles battle for qualification, Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers hold the final automatic qualification berth. Currently at No. 7 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Race To London, the Croatian-Spanish team will book their spot in London by reaching the Paris final. They could also qualify by advancing to at least the Paris quarter-finals as long as Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram don't win the title.
Klaasen and Ram, last year’s runners up at the Nitto ATP Finals, would need to reach the final to stand a chance of qualifying. Two other teams, Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, and Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez, need to win the Paris title to compete in London.