Murray in Tour Finals, Djokovic and Federer win

Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:26pm EDT
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By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - Andy Murray's recent resurgence continued when the Briton qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals by reaching the Paris Masters quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-3 win against Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov on Thursday.

After dropping outside the world top 10 following his U.S. Open quarter-final exit, Murray began a late push for a spot in the London showpiece event, which features eight of the best players this season.

The eighth seed showed he was up to the task by seeing off ninth-seeded Dimitrov, who is now eliminated from the race for the Nov. 10-16 event at London's O2.

Murray will take on world number one Novak Djokovic for a semi-final spot after the Serbian beat Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-3 7-6(2) after 92 minutes in Thursday's late match.

"There were no downs really in the match," Murray told reporters after becoming the fifth player to book his place in the season finale.

"Some of the matches that I've had against the top, top players I had some periods in the match where my level had dropped off a little bit, and the best players capitalize on those moments.

"I didn't have any of them today. I played well from start to finish and I made it very difficult for Grigor."


Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns a shot during his men's singles tennis match against Gael Monfils of France in the third round of the Paris Masters tennis tournament at the Bercy sports hall in Paris, October 30, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier