• Ferrer the fifth to London as race heats up

    10/16/12 5:44 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Ferrer the fifth to London as race heats up Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin Del Potro and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will take up the battle this week on European indoor hard courts to claim one of the three spots which remain open for the World Tour Finals.

    Spain's David Ferrer was confirmed as the fifth to qualify for the eight-man event which begins November 5.

    The points race now has three weeks remaining, with ATP 250 tournaments this week: the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, the If Stockholm Open and the Erste Bank Open in Vienna with Berdych and Tsonga headlining Stockholm and Del Potro playing Vienna.

    Ferrer will be playing the season wrap-up for the third straight year, reaching the semifinals a year ago against eventual champion Roger Federer while losing all three of his group matches the year before.

    Ferrer played the elite tournament for the first time in 2007 when it was held in Shanghai and played the final against Federer.

    The Spanish No. 2 joins Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and injured compatriot Rafael Nadal in the London field, with Nadal all but admitting he will not be fit from his long-running knee injury to make the date. Ferrer lost in the first round in Beijing and skipped the Shanghai Masters last week due to injury.

    In 2012, the 30-year-old Valencia native has won a career-high five titles on three different surfaces, including Auckland, 's-Hertogenbosch, Buenos Aires, Acapulco and Bastad.

    "I'm very happy because to qualify again is a great achievement," Ferrer said in a statement. "It's always one of my goals at the beginning of each year."

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Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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