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Juan Martin del Potro qualifies for first Nitto ATP Finals since 2013

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 4 Oct 2018
  • Del Potro set for return to London
  • Argentine seals qualification into first ATP Finals since 2013
Juan Martin del Potro (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Juan Martin del Potro has secured his spot at the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals for the first time since 2013 after reaching the China Open quarter-finals.

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

A decade after his first appearance at the ATP Finals, World No. 4 Juan Martin del Potro returns to the season-ending showpiece in 2018, joining World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, five-time former champion Novak Djokovic and six-time winner Roger Federer as players to have already qualified for London.

"I'm happy to get in London after five years," said Del Potro. "It will be an amazing moment for me. I will love to be part of the eight players, to make that event. Of course, it's a very special tournament for us. I will be excited to do well in London."

Compiling an outstanding 45-11 record for the 2018 season so far, del Potro broke back into the top 10 at the start of the year before going on a 15-match winning streak, beating three top 10 players to claim the ATP 500 crown in Acapulco, conquering Roger Federer to win his maiden ATP Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells and making the Miami semi-finals. Del Potro, who also finished runner-up in Auckland to launch his 2018 campaign, would go on to reach the semi-finals of the French Open and quarter-finals at Wimbledon before again finishing runner-up in Los Cabos.

Juan Martin Del Potro (Photo by Emmanuel Wong/Getty Images)
Hitting a career-high ranking of No. 3, del Potro shrugged off a minor wrist issue to advance to the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters before progressing to his second Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open, reaching the title match in New York nine years after winning the silverware, beating John Isner and benefitting from a Nadal retirement in the semi-finals before going down to Novak Djokovic in straight sets.

Del Potro’s first appearance at the ATP Finals came back in 2008 when the event was held in Shanghai and called the Tennis Masters Cup, with the Argentine failing to make it out of a group consisting of Djokovic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Nikolay Davydenko. However, del Potro almost went all the way the following season in it’s debut at the O2 Arena in London, beating Fernando Verdasco, Roger Federer and Robin Soderling before going down to Davydenko in the final.

Injury would force del Potro onto the sidelines for much of the next three years, but he made it back to the ATP Finals in 2012, defeating Federer again before bowing out to Djokovic in the semi-finals, while he also qualified again in 2013 - his last showing at the ATP Finals before this year’s event as he went out in the round robin phase.

German young gun Alexander Zverev is next in line to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals, followed by Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem and Kevin Anderson, while the likes of John Isner, Kei Nishikori and Fabio Fognini are leading the charge to chase them down.

The Nitto ATP Finals is live from London’s iconic O2 Arena between November 11-18.


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Juan Martin del Potro qualifies for first Nitto ATP Finals since 2013

Juan Martin del Potro has secured his spot at the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals for the first time since 2013 after reaching the China Open quarter-finals.

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