The fourth win of the season in St. Petersburg by Andrey Rublev boosted his chances of making it to the London ATP Finals for the first time. The 22-year-old Russian has advanced to eighth in the rankings, which is essentially seventh, as Roger Federer will not be fit again for the season-end tournament at the O2 Arena in London until 2021.
The locations have already been secured by Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev, leaving two places still open. Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman is currently ranked ninth and has a chance to win more points at the ATP tournament in Cologne this week, where Denis Shapovalov is also twelfth. With good results in Antwerp, David Goffin and Pablo Carreno Busta, ranked 14th and 15th, will bring pressure on the players above them. In the doubles race, led by Joe Salisbury of Britain and his American partner Rajeev Ram, Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski, Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski held on to eighth position after a first-round loss in St. Petersburg, Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski (right) are in a close race to qualify in doubles (Victoria Jones/PA). This week, Murray and Skupski, trying to qualify as a pair for the first time, will play in Antwerp and will try to extend their 75-point lead over the Cologne-based Australian duo Max Purcell and Luke Saville. The ATP Finals start on Nov. 15 and will be played behind closed doors.