The final destination is London. We are still a few weeks away from the curtain fall at the O2 Arena but 5 places remain and have to be filled so a week in Shanghai will decide a few on a very open field.
Three are in, those three are Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and first time qualifier Alex Zverev but who is next?
When not if…
It does look like being a matter of when not if for Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov who are just a few hundred points away but just behind is Marin Cilic who should make the O2 but was nowhere near convincing in Tokyo losing the final set up the semi-final v Mannarino 6-0! Dominic Thiem hasn’t been in great form either and could face the super talented Denis Shapovalov in round two.
Picking up points when it matters!
I couldn’t be more pleased for David Goffin. He has had a rough year and began to deliver on the clay and then had that freak injury at Roland Garros falling in the court cover which halted his season but those 465 points from Tokyo have put him in a great position to qualify for London and I so hope he does.
Now or never?
Opportunity knocked this year and in different tournaments Sam Querrey and Kevin Anderson took them. Now a chance and likely a final chance to push for a place in London. Both have come on leaps and bounds this year but for Kevin it’s been a tough ride after injury but he doesn’t give in and these two have broken that stereotype of big serves having little game, they bring game and it’s brought them rewards.
Carreno Busta and RBA could make it. Berdych’ withdrawal from Shanghai has all but ended his chances of returning to London. There is still a possibility that Kyrgios could make the tour finals which would be brilliant and a deep run for Del Potro currently 25 on the race could mix it up which would be incredible!
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