Nick Kyrgios claimed the third title of both his season and career on Sunday from Japan. The Australian superstar defeated David Goffin in the ATP Tokyo final 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Previously in the same tournament Kyrgios defeated Gael Monfils, Gilles Muller, Radek Stepanek, and Ryan Harrison. Australia's top-ranked player, who is now the World No. 14 entering the 2016 Shanghai Masters draw, still has a chance to qualify for the year-end ATP World Tour Finals.

The title in the Tokyo event, which was part of the 500 series on tour, marked the most prestigious title of Kyrgios' young career. His previous two titles, which have both come in 2016, were only from 250-level events.With the title in Tokyo, Kyrgios picked up a meaningful 500 ranking points on Monday, an addition that allowed him to overtake David Ferrer in the rankings.

Race to London not over for Nick Kyrgios

When it comes to the race to make it into London'sATP World Tour Finals, the year-to-date rankings are more insightfulthan current rankings.

From that point of view, Kyrgios is 12th. The top eight players automatically qualify for entry while players ranked just below that may still get into the tournament as alternates.

The players that are currently ranked just higher than Kyrgios on year-to-date rankings are Goffin, Marin Cilic, Tomas Berdych, and Dominic Thiem. But there are two Masters Seriestournaments to be played before the ATP World Tour Finals, one of which is taking place this week.

The currently-running Shanghai Masters is part of the 1000 series on tour. With 1000 ranking points going to the tournament winners the tournament offers a big enough award to make a huge difference in the race to London. However, Kyrgios himself probably isn't going to do major damage in Shanghai.

Nick Kyrgios may be tired in Shanghai

The Australian enters the tournament as a hot player, however he will also have little rest.

He played in the Tokyo final on Sunday and his next match in Shanghai will be on Tuesday. Since he is only the 12 seed in Shanghai he will not receive a bye through the first round. Instead Kyrgios will need to beat Sam Querrey, the Wimbledon 2016 quarterfinalist, just to get into the second round.

The last Masters Series event of the year is in Paris in early November. Perhaps that event is one Kyrgios can better target to get into stronger contention for the tour finals.

Furthermore, between Shanghai and Paris there are five lesser tournaments, all of them either 250-level events or 500-level events. Kyrgios is on the players' list for ATP Basel, a 500-series event that is played in Switzerland. If he can get a couple match-wins in Shanghai and then do some big-time damage in Basel and Paris, then the Aussie can still make it to the year-end event. Time will tell, however with three significant tournaments to do some damage in, Kyrgios' cannot yet be discounted as a qualifier for London.

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