Before the 2017 season started, most of us have wondered who will be the first player qualified for ATP World Tour Finals. Andy Murray was in the pole position as he is the World No. 1. And Djokovic was right above Murray on the second position in the rankings.
Everybody was thought of another battle between Djokovic and Murray this year. So we would expect either Murray or Nole to be the first player qualified for ATP World Tour Finals. But against all the odds, the two players who have dominated the past 2-3 years in tennis had the worst start of a season since they were teenagers. On the other side, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer, who both came back after injuries, had an amazing season so far.
Roger Federer had won the first 3 big tournaments of the year: Australian Open, Indian Wells an Miami Masters 1000. Rafa Nadal had final in Australian Open, final in Acapulco and Miami, and won almost everything on the red dirt, except one match. Therefore, he was champions in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid, and won eventually the Roland Garros. He had completed the an unbelievable Triple #LaDecima challenge by winning Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Roland Garros for 10 times in his career. Many people have congratulated the Spaniard for his incredible achievement.
After Miami Open, Federer was positioned first in the ATP Race to London rankings, but he skipped the entire clay court season, so he could better prepare for the grass court season. As Roger was absent, Rafa took advantage and secured the first place in the Race, leading with almost 3000 points right now against this long-time rival. Moreover, Rafa is in the pole position for finishing the year as World No. 1.
After winning Roland Garros, Rafa is first player qualified for ATP World Tour Finals.
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