For Tomas Berdych, this week in Shanghai is especially important. He is aiming to qualify for the season finale in London for the first time. The World Finals, set for late November in London, take the eight highest-ranked players.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, second-ranked Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Roger Federer have secured their invitations to the World Finals. Andy Murray and Robin Soderling are solidly in fourth and fifth, respectively, and should feel good about qualifying. But after that the rankings bunch up. Nikolay Davydenko is sixth with 3,945 rating points, not far ahead of the 3,715 total of No. 7 Tomas Berdych. Mikhail Youzhny holds the eighth spot with 3,345 points. No. 9-ranked Fernando Verdasco is just 15 points back of Youzhny and Ferrer is 50 back of Verdasco. Roddick remains in contention with 3,225 points.