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    2019 ATP Race to London




    11 July 2019

    NADAL FIRST TO QUALIFY FOR 2019 NITTO ATP FINALS


    LONDON — Rafael Nadal is set to return to London later this year after becoming the first player to clinch a spot at the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals, to be held from 10-17 November at The O2. The Spaniard qualified for a record 15th straight season on Wednesday following his quarter-final win over Sam Querrey at The Championships, Wimbledon.


    Nadal, who is attempting to become year-end ATP Tour No. 1 for a fifth time (2008, ’10, ’13, ‘17), will be looking to add The Brad Drewett Trophy to an impressive collection of 82 career titles, which includes 18 Grand Slam crowns and a record 34 ATP Masters 1000 trophies. He achieved his best finish at the season finale in 2010 and 2013, when he reached the final both times.


    Nadal has gone undefeated since mid-May and will take a 17-match winning streak into his semi-final match against Roger Federeron Friday, as he continues his pursuit of a third singles crown at the All England Club, which would represent his third Roland Garros-Wimbledon title double. Earlier this season, he claimed his ninth Internazionali BNL d'Italia trophy in Rome (d. Djokovic) and celebrated a record-extending 12th Roland Garros triumph (d. Thiem). Nadal opened his 2019 ATP Tour campaign by reaching the Australian Open final, where he finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic, who is currently second in the 2019 ATP Race To London.


    World No. 1 Djokovic, who plays Roberto Bautista Agut in the Wimbledon semi-finals, will join Nadal in the Nitto ATP Finals field should he successfully defend his title on Sunday. Federer currently stands in third position in the ATP Race To London, followed by three-time qualifier Dominic Thiem and 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas. Kei Nishikori, Bautista Agut and Daniil Medvedev round out the top eight.


    The ATP’s crown jewel event is to be held at The O2 in London through to 2020, where it has been staged to wide acclaim since 2009. The event has successfully established itself as one of the major annual sporting events worldwide, broadcast in more than 180 territories with global viewership figures reaching an average of 95 million each year.

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    About the Nitto ATP Finals
    The Nitto ATP Finals is the year-end climax to the men's professional tennis season, featuring only the world's best eight qualified singles players and doubles teams as they battle it out for the last title of the season. Players compete for ATP Rankings points throughout the season in a bid to earn one of the eight coveted berths and a chance to win the biggest indoor tennis tournament in the world. Played using a round-robin format, each player plays three matches as they compete for a berth in the knockout semi-finals and beyond. The prestigious tournament has been contested in major cities around the world with a rich history dating back to the birth of The Masters in 1970 in Tokyo. Since 2000 the event has taken place in cities such as Lisbon, Sydney, and Shanghai. In 2009 the tournament was moved to London, where it will be played through 2020, before moving to Turin in 2021. For more information, please visit www.NittoATPFinals.com.

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    Re: 2019 ATP Race to London


    15 July 2019

    DJOKOVIC JOINS NADAL AT 2019 NITTO ATP FINALS



    LONDON — Novak Djokovic has joined Spain’s Rafael Nadal as a qualifier at the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 10-17 November, after the Serbian captured his fifth crown on Sunday at The Championships, Wimbledon.

    The World No. 1 secured his 12th qualification for the season finale as a result of beating long-time rival Roger Federer in the final at the All England Club for his 16th Grand Slam championship trophy. Djokovic will be bidding to earn a record-equalling sixth title at the season finale — and draw level with Federer — in south-east London later this year.

    "It is always one of the main goals to qualify and to do it so early in the season is great," said Djokovic. "I look forward to returning to London in November to compete against the best players in the world at The O2."

    The 32-year-old Djokovic made 10 straight appearances at the Nitto ATP Finals from 2007-2016, prior to missing 2017 with a right elbow injury. The Serbian returned to The O2 last year where he reached the final before losing to Alexander Zverev of Germany. He has compiled a 35-12 tournament win-loss record with titles in 2008 and four consecutive years between 2012-15. Djokovic also contested the 2016 final, finishing runner-up to Andy Murray in a match that decided who finished year-end No. 1 in the ATP Rankings.

    Having finished 2018 as the oldest year-end No. 1 in ATP Rankings history (since 1973), Djokovic, who has spent 260 weeks to-date in top spot, has continued to perform at the highest level this season with a record seventh Australian Open (d. Nadal) in January and a 33rd ATP Masters 1000 crown at the Mutua Madrid Open (d. Tsitsipas) in May, in addition to Wimbledon. The 75-time tour-level titlist also advanced to his ninth Internazionali BNL d’Italia final (l. to Nadal). His remarkable consistency at Grand Slam events saw him compile a 26-match winning streak, which ended in the Roland Garros semi-finals (l. to Thiem in five sets).

    Six-time Nitto ATP Finals champion Federer is next in line to qualify in third position in the ATP Race To London, followed by three-time qualifier and Roland Garros finalist Dominic Thiem, 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas, Kei Nishikori, Wimbledon semi-finalist Roberto Bautista Agut and Daniil Medvedev. Fabio Fognini, the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters titlist, defending champion Zverev, 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime and Matteo Berrettini feature in the Top 12 places, with less than four months to go in the regular ATP Tour season.

    The ATP’s crown jewel event is to be held at The O2 in London through to 2020, where it has been staged to wide acclaim since 2009. The event has successfully established itself as one of the major annual sporting events worldwide, broadcast in more than 180 territories with global viewership figures reaching an average of 95 million each year.

    # # #

    About the Nitto ATP Finals

    The Nitto ATP Finals is the year-end climax to the men's professional tennis season, featuring only the world's best eight qualified singles players and doubles teams as they battle it out for the last title of the season. Players compete for ATP Rankings points throughout the season in a bid to earn one of the eight coveted berths and a chance to win the biggest indoor tennis tournament in the world. Played using a round-robin format, each player plays three matches as they compete for a berth in the knockout semi-finals and beyond. The prestigious tournament has been contested in major cities around the world with a rich history dating back to the birth of The Masters in 1970 in Tokyo. Since 2000 the event has taken place in cities such as Lisbon, Sydney, and Shanghai. In 2009 the tournament was moved to London, where it will be played through 2020, before moving to Turin in 2021. For more information, please visit www.NittoATPFinals.com.

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    Re: 2019 ATP Race to London




    3 September 2019

    MEDVEDEV SECURES FIRST QUALIFICATION TO NITTO ATP FINALS





    LONDON — Daniil Medvedev has secured his place at the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time after beating Stan Wawrinka on Tuesday at the US Open, for a place in his first Grand Slam championship semi-final. The Russian will join fellow qualifiers Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at The O2 in London from 10-17 November.

    The 23-year-old, who leads the ATP Tour with 49 match wins this season, is the first Russian to qualify for the season finale since five-time qualifier Nikolay Davydenko captured the 2009 crown, when the Nitto ATP Finals was first held in the English capital.

    “It's amazing,” said Medvedev. “That shows what a great year I'm having, that the work I've been doing is paying off. But I don't want to stop. Hopefully I can be there as one of the favourites.”

    Medvedev has compiled a 19-2 record on the North American summer hard-court swing and became the first Russian in the Top 5 of the ATP Rankings since Davydenko in June 2010. In recent weeks, he has captured his first ATP Masters 1000 crown at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati (d. Goffin), in addition to finishing as runner-up at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal (l. to Nadal) and at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. (l. to Kyrgios).

    The Monte Carlo resident also lifted the ATP 250-level Sofia Open trophy (d. Fucsovics) in February, as well as reaching the final at the Brisbane International (l. to Nishikori) in January and at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell (d. Nishikori, l. to Thiem) in April.

    Three-time former qualifier Dominic Thiem is next in line to qualify in the 2019 ATP Race To London, followed by 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas and Roberto Bautista Agut, who are both bidding to compete at The O2 in November for the first time. Kei Nishikori, who qualified in 2014-16 and ‘18, sits in eighth place, with Fabio Fognini in ninth and defending Nitto ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev in 10th position.

    The ATP’s crown jewel event is to be held through 2020 at The O2 in London, where it has been staged to wide acclaim since 2009. The event has successfully established itself as one of the major annual sporting events worldwide, broadcast in more than 180 territories with global viewership figures reaching an average of 95 million each year.

    # # #

    About The Nitto ATP Finals

    The Nitto ATP Finals is the year-end climax to the men's professional tennis season, featuring only the world's best eight qualified singles players and doubles teams as they battle it out for the last title of the season. Players compete for ATP Rankings points throughout the season in a bid to earn one of the eight coveted berths and a chance to win the biggest indoor tennis tournament in the world. Played using a round-robin format, each player plays three matches as they compete for a berth in the knockout semi-finals and beyond. The prestigious tournament has been contested in major cities around the world with a rich history dating back to the birth of The Masters in 1970 in Tokyo. Since 2000 the event has taken place in cities such as Lisbon, Sydney, and Shanghai. In 2009 the tournament was moved to London, where it will be played through to 2020 before moving to Turin in 2021. For more information, please visit www.NittoATPFinals.com.

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    It looks more like a photograph lineup the police put in front of a witness to identify which man robbed the convenience store...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dryrunguy View Post
    It looks more like a photograph lineup the police put in front of a witness to identify which man robbed the convenience store...
    I like it so much better than clenched-fist-and-scream cliche.
    Last edited by MeganFernandez; 09-11-2019 at 06:21 PM.
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    Re: 2019 ATP Race to London




    5 October 2019
    THIEM BECOMES FIFTH PLAYER TO QUALIFY FOR NITTO ATP FINALS

    LONDON — Dominic Thiem has become the fifth singles player to qualify for the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals, after beating Karen Khachanov in the semi-finals on Saturday at the China Open in Beijing. He joins Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Daniil Medvedev at The O2 in London from 10-17 November.

    The 26-year-old Thiem has secured his place at the season finale for the fourth consecutive year (2016-2019), matching the record of fellow Austrian and former World No. 1 Thomas Muster, who participated at the tournament in 1990, 1995-97.

    "For me personally, it was one big goal when I started the season,” said Thiem. “I'm very, very happy that I made it again. But it's not because of today's win, it's because of all the season. It's a big honour for me to again be a part of [such a] big event in London. It also shows that I [have] played another very good and consistent season. I'm looking forward to it a lot."

    Thiem, who has been a permanent fixture in the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings since 6 June 2016, captured the biggest title of his career in 2019 with his first ATP Masters 1000 crown at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (d. Federer) in March. He did not drop a set in also lifting clay-court silverware at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, where he beat Nadal and Medvedev in the last two rounds, and at the Generali Open in Kitzbühel (d. Ramos-Vinolas), his first title on home soil. He has won at least three ATP Tour titles in four of the past five years (except 2017).

    The Austrian went 23-7 on clay courts this year, which included a run to his fourth straight Roland Garros semi-final and his second successive final (l. to Nadal). He broke Djokovic’s 26-match winning streak at Grand Slam championships with victory in the Paris semi-finals.

    Stefanos Tsitsipas, the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals champion, is currently in sixth position in the 2019 ATP Race To London, followed by Roberto Bautista Agut and defending champion Alexander Zverev. David Goffin, Matteo Berrettini, Kei Nishikori and Gael Monfils are also pushing hard with six weeks to go until the prestigious tournament.

    The ATP’s crown jewel event is to be held at The O2 in London through to 2020, where it has been staged to wide acclaim since 2009. The event has successfully established itself as one of the major annual sporting events worldwide, broadcast in more than 180 territories with global viewership figures reaching an average of 95 million each year.

    2019 ATP RACE TO LONDON (as of 5 October 2019)
    Player Points Scenario
    1) Rafael Nadal (ESP) 9,225 -
    2) Novak Djokovic (SRB) 7,565 Prior To Tokyo final
    3) Roger Federer (SUI) 5,510 -
    4) Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 4,875 -
    5) Dominic Thiem (AUT) 4,145 Prior to Beijing final

    6) Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 3,250 Prior to Beijing SFs
    7) Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) 2,395 -
    8) Alexander Zverev (GER) 2,255 Prior to Beijing SFs
    9) David Goffin (BEL) 2,235 -
    10) Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 2,185 -
    11) Kei Nishikori (JPN) 2,180 -
    12) Gael Monfils (FRA) 2,125 -

    *Players marked in bold have qualified

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    About The ATP
    The Nitto ATP Finals is the year-end climax to the men's professional tennis season, featuring only the world's best eight qualified singles players and doubles teams as they battle it out for the last title of the season. Players compete for ATP Rankings points throughout the season in a bid to earn one of the eight coveted berths and a chance to win the biggest indoor tennis tournament in the world. Played using a round-robin format, each player plays three matches as they compete for a berth in the knockout semi-finals and beyond. The prestigious tournament has been contested in major cities around the world with a rich history dating back to the birth of The Masters in 1970 in Tokyo. Since 2000 the event has taken place in cities such as Lisbon, Sydney, and Shanghai. In 2009 the tournament was moved to London, where it will be played through to 2020 before moving to Turin in 2021. For more information, please visit www.ATPWorldTour.com.

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    ATP Race to London standings

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    1 October 2019
    TSITSIPAS QUALIFIES FOR FIRST TIME TO NITTO ATP FINALS


    LONDON — Stefanos Tsitsipas has successfully transitioned from lifting the Next Gen ATP Finals trophy in November 2018 to qualifying for the first time to the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals. The Greek star, who will compete among the world’s best eight singles players at The O2 in London, stamped his ticket for the 10-17 November event due to results on Friday at the Rolex Shanghai Masters, on a day in which the Greek recorded one of his biggest career wins with a three-set defeat of World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

    The 20-year-old Tsitsipas, who beat Alex de Minaur in the title match of the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan 11 months ago, has compiled a 45-21 match record and won two ATP Tour titles in a career-best 2019 season. He joins Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Daniil Medvedev and Dominic Thiem at the elite season finale next month.

    “It’s great,” said Tsitsipas. "It’s sweet. It's something that I have been trying to get, and it was in my bucket list from the beginning of the year. So, I'm glad I secured my spot at the Nitto ATP Finals. I feel like it's going to be a great show and a great atmosphere for all the players that will be competing in that special celebration, special event taking place in London.”

    Tsitsipas became the first Greek player to break into the Top 5 of the ATP Rankings (at No. 5) on 5 August 2019, during a season which has included titles at the Open 13 Provence (d. Kukushkin) and at the Millennium Estoril Open (d. Cuevas). Additionally, he upset World No. 2 Nadal to reach his second ATP Masters 1000 final at the Mutua Madrid Open (l. to Djokovic) and beat Federer at the Australian Open, en route to becoming the youngest Grand Slam championship semi-finalist since 20-year-old Djokovic at the 2007 US Open. He finished as runner-up to Federer at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and, last week, reached the China Open final in Beijing (l. to Thiem).

    Two singles spots are now left up for grabs at the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals. Roberto Bautista Agut and 2018 champion Alexander Zverev are currently in seventh and eighth places respectively in the 2019 ATP Race To London, but Matteo Berrettini, David Goffin, Fabio Fognini, Kei Nishikori and Gael Monfils are also among the contenders with one month to go until the start of the prestigious event.

    The ATP’s crown jewel event is to be held at The O2 in London through to 2020, where it has been staged to wide acclaim since 2009. The event has successfully established itself as one of the major annual sporting events worldwide, broadcast in more than 180 territories with global viewership figures reaching an average of 95 million each year.

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    About The ATP

    The Nitto ATP Finals is the year-end climax to the men's professional tennis season, featuring only the world's best eight qualified singles players and doubles teams as they battle it out for the last title of the season. Players compete for ATP Rankings points throughout the season in a bid to earn one of the eight coveted berths and a chance to win the biggest indoor tennis tournament in the world. Played using a round-robin format, each player plays three matches as they compete for a berth in the knockout semi-finals and beyond. The prestigious tournament has been contested in major cities around the world with a rich history dating back to the birth of The Masters in 1970 in Tokyo. Since 2000 the event has taken place in cities such as Lisbon, Sydney, and Shanghai. In 2009 the tournament was moved to London, where it will be played through to 2020 before moving to Turin in 2021. For more information, please visit www.ATPTour.com.

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