Spanish tennis great and current world No.1 Rafael Nadal has become the first singles player to qualify for the 2018 Nitto ATP Finals. Nadal defeated Marin Cilic on Friday night in the Rogers Cup quarter-finals and clinched his place in the elite field for a 14th straight year.
The Spaniard will attempt to add to a remarkable resume that includes four year-end No. 1 finishes, a record 32 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles and 17 Grand Slam trophies at season-ending ATP Finals that will take place in London O2 Arena between November 11-18. The 17-time Grand Slam champion, who made his tournament debut in 2006, reached the final in 2010 and 2013.
“It’s my 14th qualification for the [Nitto ATP Finals] in a row, so it’s great news,” he said.
The 32-year-old will aim to finish as the year-end No. 1 in consecutive years for the first time and for the fifth time overall.
Nadal had entered this week with 5760 points in the ATP Race to London, almost 4700 more than second placed Alexander Zverev, and he will have a chance to fight for the ATP Finals trophy after adding more points in Canada.
Zverev is followed in the ATP Race To London by Swiss great Roger Federer and past qualifiers Juan Martin del Potro, Novak Djokovic, Marin Cilic and Dominic Thiem.
At the Nitto ATP Finals, ATP’s best eight singles players and doubles teams compete over eight days at the biggest indoor tennis tournament in the world.
(With inputs from www.atpworldtour.com)