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Fenesta Open: Young guns looking to make a mark

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Arjun-Khade-260New Delhi: There will be a number of young faces who would look to make their mark in the national circuit as the main draw of the Fenesta National Open Tennis Championships begin at the R.K. Khanna Tennis Complex on Monday.

The men’s singles will be a depleted field with top players not available to test their skills at home. But at the same time, their absence will serve as an opportunity for those looking for their big break.

Defending champion Jeevan Neduncheziyan will not be part of the action this year in the men’s singles. Arjun Kadhe, who was runner-up to Jeevan last year, will be there and the likes of Nitten Kirrtane, Mohit Mayur Jayaprakash and Siddharth Rawat will ensure that there is competition in the 183-man field.

del Potro qualifies for ATP World Tour Finals

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tennisLondon: Juan Martin del Potro will make his fourth appearance at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after becoming the latest player to qualify for the season finale, to be held at the O2 arena in London from 4-11 November. Del Potro, who was a finalist in 2009, secured his berth at the Final Showdown after toppling World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Saturday.

"I'm so, so happy to be back in London for the [Barclays ATP World Tour] Finals," said del Potro. "Only eight players have the chance to be there and I'm one of them. The most important thing is the way I qualified. I've been playing really well. I'm so glad to show good tennis and I'm looking forward to closing a good year in London."

The 25-year-old Argentine joins Nadal, Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer in the elite eight-man field. Home favourite Andy Murray also qualified, but was forced to withdraw from the tournament after undergoing back surgery. Del Potro reached the semi-finals last year and achieved his best finish in 2009, as runner-up to Nikolay Davydenko, at the event’s inaugural edition in London.

Ferrer qualify for Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

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tennisLondon: David Ferrer will return to The O2 arena for the fourth straight year after becoming the latest player to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held in London from 4-11 November. The 31-year-old Spaniard is the fourth singles player after Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray to qualify for the elite eight-man season finale. 

“I’m very happy to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the fifth time,” said Ferrer. “At the beginning of the year it’s always a goal to make it to London and if you finish in the Top 8 then you know that you’ve had a good season. The O2 is an amazing venue to play at and the great fans help to bring the event alive.”

Ferrer, who qualified after reaching the quarter-finals at last week’s China Open in Beijing, will be making his fifth appearance at the season finale. He achieved his best finish on his debut in 2007, finishing runner-up to Roger Federer at Qi Zhong Stadium – the site of this week’s Shanghai Rolex Masters.

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