The round-of-16 of the BNP Paribas Masters put an end to the Race to determine which players will take part in the ATP World Tour Finals (WTF), which start next Monday in London.
By defeating Nicolás Almagro 7-6(4) 7-6(3), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ended the last possibility for him or Janko Tipsarevic not to enter the field of the last eight, as the Serbian had done the same with Juan Mónaco’s chances a little before. For both Almagro and Mónaco, it was a tough loss, especially for the Argentine, as a win could have made him finish the season in the top 10 and he really came up short in the end (3-6 6-3 3-6).
Nevertheless, Almagro is assured to join Richard Gasquet as an alternate, unless Gilles Simon wins the tournament. However, the Spaniard hinted that he might opt not to go, and if that is the case, Mónaco admitted that he will be happy to take his place. Again, that is unless Gilles Simon wins the tournament, in which case this becomes null and void and Simon and Gasquet would be the alternates.
In singles, the final eight are:
- Novak Djokovic
- Roger Federer
- Andy Murray
- David Ferrer
- Tomas Berdych
- Juan Martín del Potro
- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
- Janko Tipsarevic
In doubles, there is still one spot available, and it will be played between Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski and Mahesh Bhupathi/Rohan Bopanna.
As Wimbledon champions, Jonathan Marray/Frederik Nielsen, are qualified despite being 11th in the Race, it leaves only the one spot left for a team, and only 55 points separate positions n° 7 and n° 8 at the moment. The draw made that both teams still in contention will face each other in the quarter-finals, and that the winner will qualify for the WTF. A pretty cruel fate.
Today, Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi/Jean-Julien Rojer became the seventh doubles team to earn their WTF place when they reached the quarter-finals in Paris.