The Watch List highlights the must-know storylines for the upcoming week in tennis. This week the focus remains on the ATP Race to London, with Andy Murray, David Ferrer, Milos Raonic, Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov chasing the final qualification spots.
Andy Murray and David Ferrer both took last-minute wildcards into Vienna in hopes of earning additional points to qualify for the World Tour Finals. Currently they're the odd-men out, with Ferrer at No. 9 and Murray at No. 10 in the Race. Ferrer, the top seed, will need to advance to the final in order to add points to his tally, while Murray, the No. 2 seed, would need to make the quarterfinals. Feliciano Lopez and Philipp Kohlschreiber round out the top four seeds. Dominic Thiem is also in the draw.
Tomas Berdych is the top seed in Stockholm with defending champion Grigor Dimitrov right behind him. Berdych is currently No. 7 in the Race, while Dimitrov has fallen back to No. 11 behind Murray. Berdych needs to make the final or better to add to his point total. With the pressure to at least keep pace with his cohorts, Dimitrov needs a semifinal showing or better to add to his points and try to make up ground.
For those tracking the American interests, Jack Sock and Donald Young are also in the draw. Sock opens against Andrey Golubev and could face Dimitrov in the third round. Young plays Leonardo Mayer.
U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic and Milos Raonic are in Moscow for this ATP 250 Event. Raonic, who sits at No. 8 in the Race to London, missed a big opportunity to earn points last week at the Shanghai Rolex Masters when he retired in his first match due to illness. He's the top seed in a field that also includes Fabio Fognini and Ernests Gulbis. With Stan Wawrinka having qualified for London this week, Cilic can also make it to London so long as neither Berdych or Raonic win their respective tournaments.
As for the women, Dominika Cibulkova is the top seed and the draw affords some intriguing match-ups early. Aleksandra Krunic, one of the breakout stars of the U.S. Open, received a wildcard into the tournament and will play Caroline Garcia in the first round. Karolina Pliskova, who won her second title of the season last week in Linz, is also in the draw, as is American Alison Riske, who won her maiden WTA title last week in Tianjin.
Andrea Petkovic and Alize Cornet are the top seeds in Luxembourg, a WTA International-level event. With the top eight players already determined for the WTA Finals, the Luxembourg draw isn't entirely riveting.