Rafael Nadal has qualified as the first player for the ATP Finals in London on Wednesday. Thanks to his semi-final spot on Wimbledon, the Spaniard assured himself of participating in the end-of-year tournament.
33-year-old Nadal was too strong for the American Sam Querrey in three sets on Wednesday in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. With his place in the last four he can no longer miss a ticket for the ATP Finals.
This coming Friday Nadal will play Roger Federer in the semi final at Wimbledon. It will be the 40th meeting between the two rivals.
In addition to his semi-final spot at Wimbledon, Nadal took the title for the twelfth time this year at Roland Garros and reached the final of the Australian Open, in which Novak Djokovic was too strong.
Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory over Sam Querrey. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Ninth Nadal participation in ATP Finals
It is the ninth time that Nadal has taken part in the lucrative tournament, with the best eight players of the year competing against each other. In 2010 and 2013 the number two in the world won the title.
Last year, Nadal opted out of the ATP Finals. The eighteen-fold Grand Slam winner then suffered too much from a stomach muscle injury.
The ATP Finals will be played from 10 to 18 November in the O2 Arena in London. The German Alexander Zverev is title defender in the British capital.