Dodig/Melo Qualify For Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
Croatian/Brazilian team secure their spot for fourth straight year
Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo are the fifth team to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals following the completion of sign-in on-site at the If Stockholm Open, the European Open in Antwerp and the VTB Kremlin Cup in Moscow.
The Croatian/Brazilian duo will return to The O2 for a fourth successive appearance. They have an 8-5 record at the year-end championships, finishing runners-up in 2014 (l. to Bryans) and reaching the semi-finals in 2013 (l. to Marrero/Verdasco) and 2015 (l. to Bopanna/Mergea).
Dodig and Melo, who did not compete in Shanghai this week while Dodig played an ATP Challenger Tour singles event in Tashkent, have put together another stellar season and are fifth in the year-to-date standings.
A semi-final showing at Roland Garros kick started a strong summer for the duo. They went on to reach their first final of the season in Nottingham (l. to Inglot/Nestor) and won back-to-back ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in Toronto (d. Murray/Soares) and Cincinnati (d. Rojer/Tecau).
Three places remain up for grabs in the elite eight-team field. There are three weeks left of the regular season, which will decide the Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London. Sixth-placed Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram are next in line to qualify.