With the fourth and final Grand Slam of 2013 done and dusted last week and the majority of Davis Cup ties completed over the weekend, much of the tennis world’s thoughts must now have turned to the race to London and the ATP Tour Finals. Despite only reaching the quarter finals at Flushing Meadows as defending champion, Andy Murray (Player Profile) became the third player (after Nadal and Djokovic) to secure his berth at the season ending tournament at the O2 Arena. The Scot has an impressive recent record on home soil having reached the Wimbledon final in 2012, won the subsequent Olympic tennis tournament at the All England Club that year and then won both the Queen’s Club and Wimbledon titles this year. With this impressive record in front of his home support, Murray will surely be tough to beat in the tournament by any opponent who he may face but there could well be one notable player who he may not come up against in London.
Roger Federer’s (Player Profile) sketchy and sometimes disappointing form this year has put the Swiss maestro in danger of missing out on the ATP Tour’s curtain closer for the first time since 2001, and there are a number of other potential candidates snapping at his heels. Federer is currently sitting seventh in the ATP’s race for London just 130 points ahead of compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka who showed just how good his form was during his semi-final run at the US Open. What’s more both Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet, the man sitting in ninth spot, have tournament appearances scheduled in the next couple of weeks, whilst Federer will not play again until the Shanghai Masters in early October.
Whoever eventually gets there, the ATP Tour Finals will take place at the O2 Arena in London between the 4th and the 11th of November, and will surely be an exciting and compelling event.