Before I begin to write on a question that has become the most asked question of my life, I need to tell you all a small story- Where ever I go, be it a Board meeting or a conference or even for work-out in Gym or my Tennis court, people after saying Hi, immediately start asking me- Can Roger Federer qualify for World Tour Finals, 2013?
When ever I tweet some thing even unrelated to Tennis, my twitter replies get bombarded with one question- Can RF qualify for WTF, 2013? Not to mention, I daily tend to receive 7 to 8 emails from people all across the globe asking the same question.
To put things in perspective, there hasn't been a single World Tour Finals (season ending championship or year ending championship or as it was earlier called, Tennis Masters Cup) for the last 11 years in which Roger Federer hasn't played. After narrowly missing the season ending Tennis masters cup in 2001, Roger Federer has played in every season ending championship since 2002.
In those 11 World Tour Finals, Roger Federer has won the title 6 times (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 & 2011), lost in the finals twice (2005 & 2012), lost in the semi-finals twice (2002 & 2009) & only once Federer lost in the round robin stage (in 2008).
Now the big question in every Tennis fan's mind is- Can Roger Federer qualify for Barclays World Tour Finals 2013 or not?
This is how Roger Federer's outfit at World Tour Finals 2013 will look like. For more pics of the outfit, click here.
People often ask me, which ATP rankings are more reliable? I always say, only rely & look at the 52 weeks normal rankings. The main reason for that is Normal rankings are more precise & you can easily deduct the points that are uncountable to get to the real Year to date Rankings.
While, the Year to date or as the ATP calls them, Race to London rankings includes all points earned during the year & even the uncountable tournaments are added some times (though, the adjustment is made after Bercy to make sure- Race to London & Normal Ranking get equal before the start of World Tour Finals).
Now, as you all know, till date (12th October, 2013), Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray (who has withdrawn from World Tour Finals 2013 because of back surgery) & David Ferrer have officially qualified for WTF, 2013.
This is how the live points of the next 7 opponents looks like (updated after the semi-Finals of Shanghai Masters 2013 got over) ----
Juan Martin Del Potro- 4375 points (90 points of Monte Carlo, 2013 will become countable after Vienna's 250 points get dropped down & as Delpo is scheduled to play at Basel, 2013, so, I am not including 45 points, which, he will any how get, even after winning his 2nd round match at Swiss Indoors,2013).
Breaking News: As Juan Martin Del potro has got to 4375 points after reaching the finals of Shanghai Masters, 2013 by beating Rafa Nadal, Delpotro has qualified for World Tour Finals, 2013. Gasquet or Tsonga or Raonic won't be able to surpass him in the race as further his 90 points from Monte Carlo 2013 will get added after Vienna points from 2012 get dropped off.
Tomas Berdych- 3800 points
Stan Wawrinka- 3150 points
Roger Federer- 3145 points (updated after 3rd round loss vs Gael Monfils).
Richard Gasquet - 2870 points (I've not included 90 points of Bangkok 2013 because Gasquet is scheduled to play at Moscow 2013).
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga- 3010 points (including 45 points of Tokyo 2013 points that will become countable when Stockholm's 150 points get dropped down).
Milos Raonic- 2770 points (Raonic has 45 points from Washington, 2013, which can be replaced with an impressive showing at Basel, 2013).
Next up are Tommy Haas with 2265 points, Nicolas Almargo with 2115 points, John Isner with 2060 points and as you can see, none of these three can reach up to top-8 guys even if they win all three tournaments that are left.
So, the next 4 left over positions in almost every probability will be taken up by these above mentioned 6 players.
Scroll down for more detailed analysis as I cover every player's remaining tournaments and the possible cut-off points discussing if Juan Martin Del Potro, Tomas Berdych, Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka, Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, Milos Raonic can qualify for World Tour Finals, 2013?