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Posted on Nov 02, 09:23PM | IANS
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Janko Tipsarevic have secured the last two berths at the ATP World Tour Finals after reaching the quarterfinals at the Paris tennis Masters.
Sixth seed Tsonga defeated Spain's Nicolas Almagro 7-6(4), 7-6(3) Thursday in a match that saw no breaks of serve to book an encounter with another Spaniard, fourth seed David Ferrer.
"It's really important for me to have qualified," said the Frenchman.
"With the big four at the moment, it's not easy to get rewards in tennis, so for me this is one of my rewards. It feels good to be a part of it."
It will be Tsonga's third-time at the Tour Finals. He suffered a three-set defeat to now-world No. 1 Roger Federer in last year's final
Tipsarevic, seeded eighth in Paris, ousted Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to face Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz in the quarterfinal and earn enough tour points to make it to the Tour Finals.
The 28-year-old Serbian debuted at the season-ending event last year as an alternate, replacing Britain's Andy Murray during the tournament, but did not progress beyond the group stage.
"The World Tour Finals last year was one of my best experiences ever on the tennis court," said Tipsarevic. "I was always dreaming of playing the world tour finals and I'm excited to be back there."
In the final list of participants, Tsonga and Tipsarevic join six-time champion Federer, 2008 winner Novak Djokovic, Murray, Ferrer, Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic and 2009 runner-up Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina.
The USD 8.85 million Tour Finals will be held in London from Nov 5 through 12.