Until the U.S. Open, this year’s World Tour Finals race was a snoozer. The top eight spots in the race were in a stranglehold, owned by Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych, Kei Nishikori, Rafael Nadal, and David Ferrer.
In the tenuous eighth place, however, Ferrer lost in the third round of this season’s final Grand Slam. Thus the Spaniard was outperformed by Richard Gasquet (quarterfinals), Kevin Anderson (quarterfinals) and John Isner (fourth round). Gasquet, Anderson, and Isner are all within 825 points of Ferrer heading into the fall swing.
Ninth in the race with 2355 points (Ferrer, by comparison, has 3005), Gasquet surged up the charts with a stellar summer that featured a semifinal showing at Wimbledon and quarterfinal performances at the Cincinnati Masters and U.S. Open. The 11th-ranked Frenchman pulled out of next week’s event in Kuala Lumpur, so his fall swing will begin…
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