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Stanislas Wawrinka admits it would be a dream come true to qualify for the end-of-season ATP World Tour Finals in London.
The Swiss star has never made it to the flagship event, which sees the most successful eight players of the year battle it out for supremacy, but he is now on course to book his place following a strong 2013 campaign that has seen him reach the quarter-finals of the French Open as well as the last four at Flushing Meadows.
He currently sits eighth in the standings and knows another run of strong results will guarantee his debut at the O2 Arena in London.
Wawrinka is certainly going about it the right way, making it into the second round of this week’s China Open in Beijing and will now meet American Sam Querrey with the winner going on to face either Novak Djokovic or Fernando Verdasco in the quarter-finals.
The 28-year-old admits he is excited about the prospect of making it to London but is keen not to get too far ahead of himself and knows he cannot take anything for granted.
“I’m eighth in the [Emirates ATP Race To London]. But there’s a lot of tennis to play,” he told the ATP Tour’s official website.
“There’s still a lot of points to take. I’m not thinking about that. I need to really focus on my tennis and my game, because the only thing I can really control is my game and how I practise and get ready for the tournament. That’s the most important thing for me.
“It’s a dream for tennis players to finish in the Top 8 and to play the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the end of the year. It’s something big, something amazing, and it would be amazing for me.”