ATP World Tour Finals: The Battle for the Remaining 4 Qualifying Places

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ATP World Tour Finals: The Battle for the Remaining 4 Qualifying Places
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The four grand slams, as well as the majority of the Masters 1000 events, have come and gone, but can the top players start to relax?

Not for a second.

With just under two months of tournaments remaining on the 2011 ATP calendar, the race to qualify for the end of season World Tour Finals is well and truly on.

The prestigious event, regarded by some as the fifth grand slam, already has four players guaranteed a spot in the round-robin group stages. Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and, of course, this year's stand-out player, Novak Djokovic, have all booked their places in the draw. Federer will be hoping to repeat his 2010 performance by winning the London event, which takes place at the 02 Arena from the 20th to the 27th November.

So, what about the remaining four positions? There are currently a handful of players who can make the top eight. David Ferrer, Mardy Fish, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Thomas Berdych, are the players who, at the time of writing, sit in positions five to eight in the year-to-date rankings. However, that could all change. Realistically, a good run of form from anyone ranked within the top 15, could be enough to secure one of the coveted spots.

With the Shanghai and Paris Masters events still to play—places where shock results and surprise winners have been plentiful in the past few years there are a number of players that are in with a shot. 

Here is my prediction on who will make the top eight.

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