After his epic three hour and 20 minute win over Tommy Robredo in the Valencia Open final, Andy Murray just needs to reach the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters to guarantee his place at the World Tour Finals that take place at the O2 in London from 9-16 November.
Murray has won 18 of his last 20 matches over a grueling five week period and has certainly given his all in his attempt to feature at the showpiece event. He was 11th in the Race to London after the US Open and seems to have found form at the right time; just over a year after he underwent back surgery. Even if he does not reach the quarter-finals he may still qualify depending on how his rivals perform.
The win moves Murray into fifth spot ahead of Kei Nishikori. After pulling out of last week’s event in Spain, the Japanese player now needs a semi-final place in Paris to become the first player from Asia to reach the World Tour Finals.
Tomas Berdych is still in contention for a WTF place despite his first round exit in Valencia. The Czech player is currently occupying the eighth qualifying spot and will also need to reach the semi-finals to guarantee a place in London.
David Ferrer faces a tough task after dropping into ninth place and will need to reach the Paris final if he is to finish in the top eight. However, the Spaniard does have good record in the tournament having been a winner in 2012 and a runner-up last year. If he misses out, it will be the first time in six years that he has failed to take part in the season finale.
Canadian Milos Raonic has dropped into 10th place in the standings and will need a win in Paris to be certain of returning to the top eight. Grigor Dimitrov also has a slim chance of qualification and although he could mathematically qualify by reaching the semi-finals, he will probably need to win the tournament to achieve top-eight status.
With the London event fast approaching, Andy Murray is now priced at 5/1 to win the tournament behind last week’s Swiss Indoors champion Roger Federer; and Novak Djokovic who returns to action this week after the birth of his child.
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – The current standings:
- Novak Djokovic – 9,010 Q
- Roger Federer – 8,520 Q
- Rafael Nadal – 6,835 Q
- Stan Wawrinka – 4,805 Q
- Andy Murray – 4,295
- Kei Nishikori – 4,265
- Marin Cilic – 4,150 Q
- Tomas Berdych – 4,105
- David Ferrer – 3,865
- Milos Raonic – 3,840
- Grigor Dimitrov – 3,555
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – Current odds:
- Novak Djokovic – 11/8 with 888sport
- Roger Federer – 11/4 with BetVictor
- Andy Murray – 5/1 with PaddyPower
- Kei Nishikori – 18/1 with PaddyPower
- Marin Cilic – 20/1 with Unibet