05:58 AM GMT March 25, 2014
Roger Federer is making a strong early push to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 9-16 November.
Federer is currently No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Race To London on 2,010 points, behind the early leader, his compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka, the Australian Open champion, on 2,380 points.
Last year, Federer secured his berth on 30 October – just five days before the start of the event.
Federer is attempting to qualify for the prestigious season-ending tournament for the 13th year in a row. The Swiss has lifted The Brad Drewett Trophy six times (2003-04, 2006-07 and 2010-11) and has finished runner-up on two other occasions (2005, 2012).
Currently the Top 5 in the Emirates ATP Race To London — Wawrinka, Federer, Rafael Nadal, two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych — all qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in 2013.
Marin Cilic, at No. 6, and eighth-placed Grigor Dimitrov are also looking to become new faces at the elite tournament, which features the Top 8 singles players and doubles teams. David Ferrer, who lost to Djokovic in the 2007 final when the event was played in Shanghai, is currently No. 7.