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Dominic Thiem trata de clasificarse por primera vez en su carrera para las Finales Barclays ATP World Tour.

Thiem Mounting Strong Bid For Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Spot

Is London set to welcome a new face to The O2?

Dominic Thiem, who has been in sensational form during the 2016 ATP World Tour season, is mounting a strong bid for a spot at this year's Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, which will be held at The O2 in London from 13-20 November.

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The 22-year-old Austrian is currently No. 4 in the Emirates ATP Race to London with 2,790 points, behind only Novak Djokovic (7,950), Andy Murray (5,225) and Rafael Nadal (2,930). Djokovic, a five-time champion at the season finale, has already clinched his place in the English capital.

"I'm unbelievably happy with the start of this season and I never expected to be in the Top 10 after Roland Garros, and to be fourth in the Race," Thiem told ATPWorldTour.com. "The big difference from previous years was that I had really good preparation, without any injuries, in the off-season, and I could practise for five or six weeks really hard, without any breaks. I also got a physio in my team, which really helps a lot."

Thiem is now 1,115 points ahead of ninth-placed Gael Monfils, who has 1,675 points. If Thiem were to qualify for the first time, he'd be the first Austrian player to compete in the singles competition at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals since former World No. 1 Thomas Muster in 1997.

TOP 8 IN EMIRATES ATP RACE TO LONDON (as of 20 June 2016)

Player
Points
7,950
2) Andy Murray (GBR)
5,225
3) Rafael Nadal (ESP)
2,930
4) Dominic Thiem (AUT)
2,790
5) Kei Nishikori (JPN)
2,725
6) Milos Raonic (CAN)
2,635
7) Stan Wawrinka (SUI)
2,325
8) David Goffin (BEL)
1,815

Thiem, the newest member of the Top 10, is the ATP World Tour's match wins leader this year with a 47-12 (.797) record. He has won four titles on three different surfaces - at the Argentina Open (d. Almagro), Abierto Mexicano Telcel (d. Tomic), Open de Nice Cote d'Azur (d. Zverev) and the Mercedes Cup (d. Kohlschreiber).

2016 MATCH WINS LEADERS

Player
Win-Loss Record (Titles)
1) Dominic Thiem (AUT)
47-12 (4)
44-3 (6)
3) Andy Murray (GBR)
33-6 (2)
4) Kei Nishikori (JPN)
33-10 (1)
5) Milos Raonic (CAN)
31-8 (1)