The Paris Masters 1000 will be crucial for Mikhail Youzhny, Fernando Verdasco, and Tomas Berdych, who are all gunning for a place in the ATP World Tour Finals. This is the last event prior to the finals, and we’ll know who’s going to be playing in London by the end of the week.
The top five ranked players -- Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Robin Soderling -- have their invitations for London.
That leaves three spots open and the race is tight.
As of Monday, Tomas Berdych is sixth with 3,665 points, followed by Ferrer (3,645) and Roddick (3,485), who each moved up one place in the rankings released Monday. Ferrer won the ATP tournament in Valencia, Spain and Roddick was a semifinalist at the Swiss Indoors, where Fererer topped Djokovic in the final.
That makes this week's BNP Masters in Paris important. A championship on Sunday will be worth 1,000 rating points and the runner-up will collect 600 with the other semifinalists getting 360. A weeklong charge by any of a number of players could move them into the finals in London.