The Nitto ATP Finals is almost here, and the final two spots remain to be filled. Grigor Dimitrov and Marin Cilic booked their spots earlier this week. Dimitrov will be playing for the first time in the Nitto ATP Finals. Marin Cilic meanwhile is playing in his third Nitto ATP Finals in four years. The race for the final two spots is on and players will look to make the most of the long injury list this year.
Contenders for the final two spots in the Nitto ATP Finals
David Goffin has the best chance of closing in the seventh spot. He is currently playing in the Basel open in Switzerland. He squares off against Jack Sock in the quarterfinal. While the scramble for the eighth spot is much more intense, with as many as four players vying for it. Pablo Carreno Busta, who had a good run this year, faces of against Diego Schwartzman in Vienna in the second round. He is currently just behind David Goffin in the race for London. Sam Querrey and Kevin Anderson had to deal with disappointing early losses in Vienna.
Juan Martin del Potro, also has a very good chance of finishing off in the eighth spot this year. Del Potro is currently competing in the Basel open where he is through to the second round and faces the Frenchman Julienne Benneteau. Del Potro will secure the eighth spot if he goes on to win the Swiss Indoors Basel. However, his path seems to be even more difficult, given the presence of Roger Federer, who has his own plans as far as the rankings are concerned. Federer could meet Del Potro in the finals of the tournament.
Finally, Jo Wilfred Tsonga, rounds up the players competing to end up in the top eight of the season. Tsonga is currently playing in the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna. Tsonga is currently ranked 15th and will overtake Anderson and Querrey in the ATP rankings. It looks to be a tight race to finish in the elite group, and a huge opportunity to perform well in the absence of big names this year.