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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Davydenko Secures His Spot in the Masters Cup

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Nikolai Davydenko became the fifth player to secure his place in the season-ending $3.7 million Masters Cup in Shanghai, the Association of Tennis Professionals said Monday.

The 25-year-old, who reached the semifinals in his Masters Cup debut last season, joins Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Ivan Ljubicic and Andy Roddick in the confirmed eight-player lineup for the Nov. 12-19 season finale.

The U.S. Open semifinalist secured his place despite a second-round exit at the St. Petersburg Open last week, with four players now unable to surpass his position at 5th in the ATP 2006 Race standings.

Reigning Masters Cup champion David Nalbandian of Argentina stands sixth in the rankings, ahead of American James Blake and Spain's Tommy Robredo in the vulnerable eighth spot.

Chilean Fernando Gonzalez is just 8 points behind Robredo after his defeat to world No. 1 Federer in the final of the Swiss Indoors in Basel, while Croatia's Mario Ancic is 23 points behind the Spaniard after winning the St. Petersburg crown.

The pair is scheduled to meet in the third round of this week's Paris Masters, the last qualification event for the Shanghai showdown.

"I have a good chance to qualify for Shanghai, which I don't want to miss," Gonzalez said. "It would be great to qualify for the Masters Cup."

Blake is drawn to meet Tommy Haas in the third round in Paris, with the German standing 12th in the rankings and needing to win the tournament to qualify for Shanghai.