ROLEX PARIS MASTERS From October 27th to November 4th 2018

Del Potro not yet London-bound

The Rolex Paris Masters invariably sees a battle royal for the last few spots at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Coming into this year’s tournament in Paris, this tradition was upheld, with two places still available and 11 candidates desperate to secure them. 

Despite his defeat to Julien Benneteau (6-3, 6-3), David Goffin has made one of those spots his own and can pack his bags for London. One ticket is still available, and there are four players in line for it, namely Pablo Carreno-Busta, Juan Martin Del Potro, Jack Sock and John Isner.

Sam Querrey, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Kevin Anderson all lost out on a trip to London by falling early here in Paris, while Lucas Pouille and Roberto Bautista-Agut’s defeats today (Thursday) saw them drop out of the running.



Spain’s Pablo Carreno-Busta is currently in eighth position in the Race, but his London billet is hanging by a thread. For him to qualify, he needs Juan Martin del Potro to lose in the quarter-finals, otherwise he will be out of the eight.

The Argentinean – who already featured in the end-of-year Masters in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013, has his fate in his own hands therefore. Having defeated Robin Haase 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday morning, he is now in a position to leapfrog the Spaniard if he wins another round. It would also be a case of two birds with one stone, as he is facing Isner in the quarters. Big John still has one eye on London, along with fellow American Sock and Bautista Agut, but all three of them need to win the tournament and hope that Del Potro does not make the final, so they have what can only be described as an outside chance.

Isner – the beaten finalist here last year – still has a glimmer of hope, especially after pulling out all the stops against Grigor Dimitrov to win 7-6(10), 5-7, 7-6(3), in a match where he found himself 5-2 down in the deciding set. Jack Sock is also in the running after outlasting Lucas Pouille, who was struggling with a painful thigh (7-6(6), 6-3). If he were to win the title and Del Potro be knocked out before the final, he could be the one booking his ticket across the English Channel.

 

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