The Race To London Heats Up As Roger Federer Qualifies For November Showdown

Roger Federer (zimbio)

After his Wimbledon victory on Sunday, Roger Federer has officially booked his place alongside Rafael Nadal at the season ending finale at the O2 Arena in London. While Marcelo Melo and Lukasz Kubot are the first doubles team to qualify for London.

The Swiss maestro, who won his eighth title at Wimbledon over the weekend, now joins Rafael Nadal in the season ending finale in London. He will appear at the ATP World Tour Finals for a record 15th time as he has turned back the clock to produce stunning tennis. He has won five titles which include the Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami, Halle and Wimbledon. Federer expressed his delight at returning to London saying, “I look forward to returning to London in November, I was sad not to be able to compete last year as I love playing there and had not missed the event since 2002.”

He joins Rafael Nadal who was the first player to qualify after winning his 10th Roland Garros title. The Spaniard has won three other titles including Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid. He was also a finalist at the Australian Open, Miami and Acapulco. Here are the standings heading into the second half of the season:

  1. Rafael Nadal 7,065
  2. Roger Federer 6,545
  3. Dominic Thiem 3,345
  4. Stan Wawrinka 3,150
  5. Marin Cilic 2,905
  6. Alexander Zverev 2,710
  7. Novak Djokovic 2,585
  8. Andy Murray 2,290
  9. Grigor Dimitrov 1,925
  10. Tomas Berdych 1,905
  11. David Goffin 1,820
  12. Pablo Carreno Busta 1,740
  13. Jo-Wilfred Tsonga 1,705
  14. Kei Nishikori 1,695
  15. Milos Raonic 1,695
  16. Sam Querrey 1,690

Marcelo Melo and Lukasz Kubot qualify for doubles event

Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo (zimbio)

In the doubles event Marcelo Melo and Lukasz Kubot have qualified for the doubles event at the O2 Arena in November. The Brazilian and Polish connection sealed their place in London after their thrilling Wimbledon triumph that had the Centre Court crowd hooked.

Melo, who has overtaken Henri Kontinen as world number one in this weeks rankings, has been very successful with Kubot as the pair won have won titles this season and remained undefeated throughout the entire grass court season. Their title wins came in Miami, Madrid, S-Hertogenbosch, Halle and Wimbledon. Here are the teams who are in the top eight as it stands:

  1. Kubot/Melo 6,160
  2. Kontinen/Peers 4,070
  3. Murray/Soares 3,020
  4. Bryan/Bryan 2,845
  5. Harrison/Venus 2,700
  6. Dodig/Granollers 2,540
  7. Klaasen/Ram 2,345
  8. Cabal/Farah 2,270

*Bold Signifies Qualified Players/Teams

The Nitto ATP World Tour Finals start on the 12th November.

 

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