07:52 PM GMT July 10, 2018
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are the leading contenders to first qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 11-18 November. But it’s Novak Djokovic’s surge up the ATP Race To London that is causing a stir ahead of the Wimbledon quarter-finals.
Djokovic came into The Championships at Wimbledon at 15th in the ATP Race To London (1,355 points), but with four consecutive victories, the Serbian is now up to ninth position (1,715) in the live standings, just 145 points behind eighth-placed John Isner (1,860). Nishikori, who, like Djokovic and Isner, also feature in the quarter-finals at the All England Club, has risen from 18th to 10th (1,610).
Five-time Nitto ATP Finals champion (2008, 2012-15) Djokovic is growing in confidence once more, following a six-month injury absence in 2017 and a small medical intervention on his right elbow at the end of January. Two weeks ago, the 31-year-old reached the Fever-Tree Championships title match (l. to Cilic), his first ATP World Tour final for 12 months, building upon a strong European clay-court swing.
Nishikori, who qualified for the season finale in London over three successive seasons (2014-16), finished runner-up to Nadal at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters in April, reached the Roland Garros fourth round (l. to Thiem) and this week became the first Japanese into the Wimbledon quarter-finals since Shuzo Matsuoka in 1994. His best performance at The O2 came on his debut in 2014 and 2016 when he reached the semi-finals (l. to Djokovic both times).
Seven of the Top 10 in the up-to-date ATP Race To London — Nadal, Federer, Juan Martin del Potro, Kevin Anderson, Isner, Djokovic and Nishikori — feature in the Wimbledon quarter-finals. Milos Raonic, the 2016 runner-up at SW19 and also in the last eight at Wimbledon, is in the 19th spot (1,305).
Alexander Zverev, who lost in the Wimbledon third round, is currently in third position (3,585), while seventh-placed Dominic Thiem (2,995), fell in the second round. Last year’s finalists at The O2 in London, champion Grigor Dimitrov (13th, 1,420) and David Goffin (21st, 1,145), both lost early on the hallowed grass and will be hoping to make up ground.
Current Race's Top 12 Prior To Wimbledon QFs (as of 10 July 2018)
|Player||ATP Race To London Points||Season Finale Appearances|
|1st Rafael Nadal||5,400||8|
|2nd Roger Federer||4,020||15|
|3rd Alexander Zverev||3,585||1|
|4th Juan Martin del Potro||3,380||4|
|5th Dominic Thiem||2,995||2|
|6th Marin Cilic||2,915||3|
|7th Kevin Anderson||1,980||0|
|8th John Isner||1,860||0|
|9th Novak Djokovic||1,715||10|
|10th Kei Nishikori||1,610||3|
|11th Kyle Edmund||1,530||0|
|12th Borna Coric||1,430||0|