Nick Kyrgios has given himself an outside chance of reaching the ATP World Tour Finals in London following his title at the Japan Open.
Kyrgios claimed his third ATP Tour level title and his first ATP 500 level title with a tight 3 set victory over Belgian David Goffin. The title win takes Kyrgios to a career best ranking of 14 and he sits at 12 in the ATP ‘Race to London’.
Kyrgios will somewhat need to rely on results going his way between now and the conclusion of the Paris Masters. Nishikori, Monfils, Nadal, Thiem, Berdych, Cilic and Goffin stand between him and the four who have already qualified for the end of year finals (Djokovic, Murray, Wawrinka & Raonic).
A strong result at this week’s Shanghai Masters could move him to the cusp of the top 8 of the singles race. Following Shanghai, the tour moves onto the last few tournaments in Europe then concluded by the Paris Masters.
Kyrgios is in career best form and he will be hoping to continue his run for the final month of the season. He will most likely need to defeat some big names to make London, but on numerous occasions he has shown that he relishes the opportunity to go toe-to-toe with the game’s best.