Juan Martin del Potro will make his fourth appearance at
the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after becoming the
latest player to qualify for the season finale, to be
held at the O2 arena in London from 4-11 November. Del
Potro, who was a finalist in 2009, secured his berth at
the Final Showdown after toppling World No. 1 Rafael
Nadal in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Rolex Masters
"I'm so, so happy to be back in
London for the [Barclays ATP World Tour] Finals," said
del Potro. "Only eight players have the chance to be
there and I'm one of them. The most important thing is
the way I qualified. I've been playing really well. I'm
so glad to show good tennis and I'm looking forward to
closing a good year in London."
Argentine joins Nadal, Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer
in the elite eight-man field. Home favourite Andy Murray
also qualified, but was forced to withdraw from the
tournament after undergoing back surgery. Del Potro
reached the semi-finals last year and achieved his best
finish in 2009, as runner-up to Nikolay Davydenko, at
the event’s inaugural edition in London.
Tandil native hoisted the trophy at the Rakuten Japan
Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo last week, claiming
his 16th tour-level title. Just three match wins shy of
300 for his career, del Potro advanced to his second ATP
World Tour Masters 1000 final of the year in Shanghai. A
finalist at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (l. to
Nadal), he was the champion on the hard courts at both
the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam and
the Citi Open in Washington earlier in the year. Del
Potro also staked claim to his first Grand Slam
semi-final, at Wimbledon, since winning the US Open
crown four years ago.
"Juan Martin is such a
great player to watch and we’re delighted he’s qualified
for the 2013 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals," said
Tournament Director Andre Silva. "He has become a fan
favourite wherever he plays on the ATP World Tour,
especially in London. We welcome his return to our
season-ending event for a second consecutive year.”
Four singles and five doubles team berths remain up
for grabs with three crucial weeks remaining in the
Emirates ATP Race to London.Tomas Berdych, Stanislas
Wawrinka, Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga currently
find themselves in the final four positions, with
Richard Gasquet and Milos Raonic close behind.
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – The Contenders
(Based on the calendar-year Emirates ATP Race To London
standings as of Saturday, 12 October 2013.)
R. Nadal (ESP)
N. Djokovic (SRB)
A. Murray (GBR) -
D. Ferrer (ESP)
J. del Potro (ARG)
T. Berdych (CZE)
S. Wawrinka (SUI)
R. Federer (SUI)
J. Tsonga (FRA)
R. Gasquet (FRA)
M. Raonic (CAN)
T. Haas (GER)
N. Almagro (ESP)
J. Isner (USA)
F. Fognini (ITA)
K. Nishikori (JPN)
B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan
A. Peya (AUT) / B. Soares
M. Granollers (ESP) / M.
I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo
D. Marrero (ESP) / F.
L. Paes (IND) / R.
A. Qureshi (PAK) / J.
M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / M.
M. Mirnyi (BLR) / H.
J. Benneteau (FRA) / N.
J. Murray (GBR) / J.
S. Gonzalez (MEX) / S.
R. Bopanna (IND) / E.
T. Huey (PHI) / D. Inglot
R. Lindstedt (SWE) / D.
M. Llodra (FRA) / N.
Bold denotes qualification