The final eight are looking for wins in London this week.
But two things are now set.
Novak Djokovic will finish the season as the No. 1 player (he’s already received his trophy).
Rafael Nadal, suffered through an injury-plagued season that saw him play just nine events (four Slams, four clay-court events, and the Rogers Cup).
But the Mallorcan will finish at No. 2.
Roger Federer needed to win out at the ATP Tour Finals to pass his longtime rival. And after dropping his opening round-robin match to Kei Nishikori, he cannot.
ON THE UPSWING
Guido Pella (ARG): No. 65 ————> No. 58 (Pella beat Berlocq to win the Uruguay Open on clay last week).
Guido Andreozzi (ARG): No. 82————> No. 78
Pedro Sousa (POR): No. 114 ————> No. 104 (The 30-year-old reached the semis at the Uruguay Open, and will try to secure Melbourne, and a career-high ranking, in Buenos Aires this week)
Reilly Opelka (USA): No. 134 ————> No. 116 (A career high for the 21-year-old American after winning in Knoxville).
Carlos Berlocq (ARG): No. 127 ————> No. 118
Bjorn Fratangelo (USA): No. 131 ————> No. 125
Lukas Rosol (SVK): No. 164————> No. 140
Alexander Bublik (KAZ): No. 253 ————> No. 170 (The talented but erratic 21-year-old gets imself into the Oz Open qualies by going from the qualifying to the title at the Slovak Open).
Christopher Eubanks (USA): No. 188 ————> No. 176 (A career high for the lanky 22-year-old after reaching the Knoxville semifinals).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Andreas Seppi (ITA): No. 35 ————> No. 38
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ): No. 51 ————> No. 53
Marius Copil (ROU): No. 57 ————> No. 61
Pablo Cuevas (URU): No. 70 ————> No. 87
Lukas Lacko (SVK): No. 78 ————> No. 96
Stephane Robert (FRA): No. 160 ————> No. 192
Filip Peliwo (CAN): No. 181 ————> No. 252 (The former top Canadian junior will struggle to make the Melbourne qualifying after failing to defend a big result in Knoxville last year. He went from the qualifying to the title, defeating Fritz, Laaksonen and Kudla in the last three rounds. He’s at a Challenger in Bangalore, Indian this week trying to make some of it up.
The Battle for Melbourne
A lot of players on the bubble for direct admission into the Australian Open main draw.
In action this week: Ivo Karlovic (Houston), Radu Albot (Bangalore), Thiago Monteiro (Buenos Aires).