Juan Martin del Potro (9/1 to win the end-of-season event with bet365) wants to end 2012 in style after he was handed a spot for the ATP World Tour Finals in London.
The Argentine boosted his chances of reaching the eight-man showpiece by winning his third title of the season at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna last week.
However, he was saved an anxious wait when Rafael Nadal (9/2 to win 2013 Australian Open with bet365) confirmed his long-standing knee problem would prevent him from competing at the O2 Arena in December.
The 2009 US Open champion admitted it was a bittersweet moment when he heard the news on Thursday.
“I’m sad for Rafa, he’s really trying in his comeback. But it’s not easy after such a long time away. I had the same feeling with my wrist,” the South American said.
“We miss Rafa a lot on the tour. He is one of the best players in history, he will come back strong.”
Del Potro joins Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych in the season finale, with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Janko Tipsarevic, Richard Gasquet and Nicolas Almagro competing for the remaining two positions.
The 24-year-old is confident he can make an impact at the star-studded event.
“It’s only eight players fighting for one tournament. It’s the best eight players of the year, so it’s very important to me,” Del Potro added.
“I’m so glad to be there once again. I will be fighting against the big names and maybe I’ll have a chance to make another final.”
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