Nadal Is Sure Federer Will Reach the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

World number one Rafael Nadal is confident Roger Federer will be able to accumulate the points required of him to seal his spot for the season-ending ATP finale in London over the next few weeks.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner is currently seventh in the ATP Race for next month’s tournament involving the top eight players of the world.

Federer went through the 2013 season without reaching a major final for the first time since 2002, which has left him in danger of missing the cut for the World Tour Finals for the first time since 2001.

He has won the event a record six times, but only has three more tournaments- this week’s Shanghai Masters, the Swiss Indoors and the Paris Masters- to make up the points in the ATP Race.

“He is going to go, he’s going to qualify. I am sure of that,” Nadal, who replaced Novak Djokovic as the men’s top-ranked player this week, told reporters in Shanghai.

While the Swiss fight to save his season, Spaniard Nadal will be looking to smash the record for the most Masters titles claimed in a year in Shanghai this week.

Twelve months after many believed his career was over due to persistent injury, the Majorcan has enjoyed one of the best spell of his career, coming back from a seven-month lay-off to win two major titles (The French and the US Opens). He can become the first man to win six Masters Trophies in the same season, after equaling Djokovic’s record of five Masters Titles in a season by winning at Cincinnati in August.

“This is a great year, one of the best years of my career without any doubt,” said Nadal, who is the most likely candidate to equal Federer’s record 17 Grand Slam haul, having won 13.

“It’s sure special to be back to the top position of the rankings after more than a half-year without playing tennis.”

With the season entering its final week, Federer, who has won just one title this year, still has more work to do to reach the ATP World Tour Finals.

Eyes are set on Shanghai Masters, which began on Sunday. Federer has been slated to meet defending champion Djokovic in the quarter-finals.

But will first have to see off Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt or Italy’s Andreas Seppi in his opener.

“He (Federer) is not going to have a problem. Evevn if he doesn’t have lots of points of advantage, I feel he always played well in this last part of the season,” Nadal said.

“He likes to play in these tournaments. He always had the positive results. I really feel that he will do it. He’s a great player and I am sure he will be there and fighting for the title.”

Roger Federer.
Roger Federer.

Andy Murray will miss out of this year’s World Tour Finals due to a back surgery despite being guaranteed a spot at the event.

Nadal and Djokovic have also sealed their place at next month’s season-ending World Tour Finals.

Other players currently in the season’s top eight are David Ferrer, Juan-Martin del Potro (fresh from winning the Japan Open), Tomas Berdych and Stanislas Wawrinka.

Also pushing for the ticket to London are Frenchmen Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga plus Canada’s Milos Raonic all mounting pressure on Federer.

Lukas Rosol, Carlos Berlocq, Florian Mayer and Pablo Andujar have all recorded first-round wins since Shanghai Masters served-off on Sunday.