After Caroline Garcia completed an incredibly unexpected surge to reach the WTA Finals, it looks like Juan Martin del Potro could be about to replicate the French number one after claiming a straight sets victory over Grigor Dimitrov at the Stockholm Open.
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del Potro claimed a comfortable 6-4 6-2 victory over the Bulgarian to claim his first ATP title of the season and 20th of his career.
The victory helps the Argentine climb to 14th in the race to London and is only 470 points behind Pablo Carreno Busta who currently occupies the final qualifying slot. With 1,500 points on the line in the final two tournaments before the race is complete, del Potro heads to Basel, where he will be seeded fourth, in a confident mood.
David Goffin, who disappointed in Antwerp this week, has also travelled to Switzerland, while the other three players in contention to qualify for London, Carreno Busta, Kevin Anderson and Sam Querrey, will be in Vienna hoping to claim the all-important ranking points. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who kept his slim hopes of qualifying by winning the European Open in Antwerp this week, will also be in Vienna.
With the likes of Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka ending their seasons early, the tournament organisers will be desperate for such a big name player like del Potro to qualify. His recent form has been eye-catching and would certainly be a contender for the title should he continue his impressive results in Basel and Paris.
Who do the remaining London hopefuls face in Round 1 this week?
David Goffin v Peter Gojowczyk (Basel)
Pablo Carreno Busta v Qualifier (Vienna)
Sam Querrey v Albert Rasmo-Vinolos (Vienna)
Kevin Anderson v Qualifier (Vienna)
Juan Martin del Potro v Joso Sousa (Basel)
Jo0Wilfried Tsonga v Karen Khachanov (Vienna)