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Djokovic and Nadal qualify for Nitto ATP Finals

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 16 Jul 2019
  • Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have become the first players to qualify for the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals
  • Roger Federer in line to join the top two in London
Novak Djokovic. (Photo by Corinne Dubreuil/ABACAPRESS.COM)

Wimbledon champion, Novak Djokovic and world No. 2, Rafael Nadal have both qualified for the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals in London. The Nitto ATP Finals is live from the O2 Arena in London from 10-17 November.

(*geo restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify)

Nadal became the first player to book his spot in the season-ending finale by reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon, while Djokovic joined the Spaniard in securing a ticket to London after taking down Roger Federer in an epic Wimbledon final on Sunday.

Nadal is through to the ATP Finals for a record 15th consecutive year, but the great Spaniard is yet to win the year-end event- his best results being runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2013. While Nadal has consistently qualified for the tournament for the last decade and a half, he has a chequered history at the event due to his injury problems. The Spaniard has missed the Nitto ATP Finals in four out of the last seven years, and withdrew after just one match in 2017.

Nadal has won two titles this season- on the clay of Rome and Roland Garros, where he claimed a staggering 12th title, while he finished second at the Australian Open, and made semi-finals at Indian Wells and Wimbledon, where he was knocked out by Roger Federer in four sets.

While Nadal has struggled at the Nitto ATP Finals, world No. 1, Novak Djokovic has a tremendous record at the tournament, boasting five titles at the year-end showpiece. Djokovic claimed his first title in 2008, when the tournament was still staged in Shanghai, while he won for four consecutive years in London between 2012 and 2015. It could have been more, as he lost a couple of finals in 2015 and 2018. He will attempt to equal Roger Federer’s record of six titles later this year.

Not that it was ever under any serious doubts, but Djokovic guaranteed another tilt at the London title in 2019 by virtue of his success in Sunday’s Wimbledon final, where he defeated Roger Federer 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-6(4), 4-6, 13-12(3) in an absolute epic that became the longest final in Wimbledon history.

Djokovic saved two match points in a sensational final, showing all of his resilience as he battled to victory in four hours and 57 minutes, claiming his 16th Grand Slam title in the process. The Serbian is now four majors behind Federer’s all-time record of 20.

Djokovic’s Wimbledon success granted him his third title of the season, adding to his earlier triumphs at the Australian Open and Madrid. He has now qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals for the 12th time in his career. The 32-year-old has made ten straight appearances between 2007 and 2016, but that sequence was broken in 2017, when an elbow injury forced him to sit out the second half of the season. He returned to the tournament in 2018, finishing second behind Alexander Zverev.

"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."

Despite his heart-breaking defeat at Wimbledon, Federer is still very well-placed to qualify as he sits in third in the Race to London, while Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Kei Nishikori, Roberto Bautista-Agut and Daniil Medvedev currently occupy the remaining eight spots.

Last year’s winner, Alexander Zverev is in tenth, and faces a real battle to return to defend his title after a so far disappointing campaign.


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