Tennis roundup: Milos Raonic, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori qualify for season finale

PARIS — Milos Raonic, Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori qualified for the opening round of the ATP World Tour Finals when Milos Raonic beat Lucas Pouille and Stan Wawrinka defeated Dominic Thiem.

Novak Djokovic saw his season-long winning streak snapped by Raonic and ended his 100-match winning streak at the season-ending tournament, beating Casper Ruud.

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic, Kevin Anderson, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Marin Cilic, David Goffin, Dominic Thiem, Dominic Thiem, Milos Raonic, Stan Wawrinka, Gael Monfils, Gael Monfils, Pablo Carreno Busta, Dominic Thiem and Jack Sock

The top eight players at the ATP finals will automatically qualify for the 2017 Davis Cup World Group final.

The remaining four spots will be decided at a wild-card play-off event between two wild card picks each from the top four players at the end of the season.

The Serbian top seed Djokovic, who has won the year-end tournament five times, recorded a 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-3 victory over the 186th-ranked Ruud to secure his place in the opening round.

“I feel very solid and mentally well,” Djokovic said in a presentation video. “I thought tonight was one of my most complete matches of the year and I’m very pleased with how the year finished.”

Italy’s Fabio Fognini extended his winning streak to nine matches and world No.5 Kei Nishikori defeated Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-4 in a first-round doubles match with American John Peers.

Federer defeated Steve Johnson to tie the series in head-to-head matches between the pair at 15.

The 36-year-old Swiss starts his campaign to defend his crown as defending champion on Monday against Juan Martin del Potro.

Also, Rafael Nadal is in action against Tomas Berdych on Monday, while Kevin Anderson and John Isner will face each other in the first round on Sunday.

Ahead of the October event in London, players are competing in qualifying events in Shanghai and Paris before the top eight compete at the Erasmus Cup in Rotterdam in August.

World No.2 Wawrinka defeated the ninth-ranked Thiem 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).

“The level of tennis up here is very high, but I hope I can keep improving in the next couple of months,” said Wawrinka, who also won the Swiss Indoors in Basel last week.

“I feel very confident. In the second set I felt like I was really fighting.”

Serena Williams was the top seed in Saturday’s singles draws for the WTA event in Beijing and is expected to be joined in the main draw by sister Venus, while top-ranked Simona Halep, world No.2 Angelique Kerber and five-time Beijing winner Maria Sharapova will contest the singles, along with Ana Ivanovic, Madison Keys, Caroline Wozniacki, Carla Suarez Navarro, Jelena Ostapenko, Belinda Bencic, Angelique Kerber, Julia Goerges, Dominika Cibulkova, Barbora Strycova, Garbine Muguruza, Petra Kvitova, Kristina Mladenovic, Venus Williams, Elena Vesnina, Agnieszka Radwanska, Ekaterina Makarova, Madison Keys, Eugenie Bouchard, Caroline Garcia, Simona Halep, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Maria Sharapova, Carla Suarez Navarro, Agnieszka Radwanska, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ana Ivanovic, Eugenie Bouchard, Caroline Wozniacki, Venus Williams, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber, Belinda Bencic, Caroline Wozniacki, Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina, Garbine Muguruza, and Venus Williams.

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