The field for the 2011 London World Tour Finals has been confirmed. Following Tomas Berdych’s defeat of Janko Tipsarevic at the Paris Masters, Berdie confirmed his place in the top 8. Tsonga and Fish will be in London as well.
- Berdych: Berdie’s a bit of an oddball. I started to follow him after last year’s Miami Masters, when he defeated Federer in a close match. The cool way he handled the last few points in the TB was both admirable and human. On a sidenote, he has a huge following at the Australian Open, where the “Berdych Army” (composed of a group of frat boys) cheers him on. Following an incredible 2010, where he reached the final at Miami (lost to Roddick) and the final at Wimbledon (he lost to Nadal, after defeating Fed and Djokovic), he’s had a quiet season this year. After today’s win in Paris, which sealed his place in the WTF, the joy on his face was unmistakable. Say what you will about his tennis, which veers from spot-on to incredibly off, but he may be a dark horse for the WTF.
- Tsonga: Tsonga’s had a nice year, including his incredible comeback victory over Fed at the Wimbledon QF (for which I still haven’t completely forgiven him). He had a less remarkable comeback victory over JMDP in Vienna (for which I will never forgive him). What can you say, though? His aggressive game is suited to the indoor courts and he certainly earned his place in London. He’s only one of two remaining Frenchmen left in the draw at the Paris Masters this week.
- Fish: Mardy Fish qualified for the London WTF this year. He used to be JMDP’s doubles partner, so I will refrain from further commentary.
The top 8 men of the ATP in 2011: Djokovic, Nadal, Murray, Federer, Ferrer, Berdych, Tsonga, and Fish.
Now, the only loose ends are the two players who will be the alternates for the London WTF. So far, it seems Almagro and Tipsarevic will be asked to be on stand by in London.