Andy Murray has qualified for the 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after he defeated Grigor Dimitrov on Thursday to reach the BNP Paribas Masters quarter-finals. Murray has secured his seventh straight year to leave only three singles spots up for grabs at the season finale, to be held at the O2 in London from 9-16 November. Murray, who did not play at the tournament last year following back surgery, will join two-time defending champion and 2008 titlist Novak Djokovic, six-time former winner Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka and Marin Cilic at the prestigious indoor tournament.
Spain’s Rafael Nadal also qualified, but was forced to withdraw as he will undergo appendix surgery next week. Kei Nishikori, who is number 6 in the Emirates ATP Race to London and the next in line to qualify, Tomas Berdych (7), David Ferrer (9) and Milos Raonic (10) all remain in contention for the last three places. The 27-year old Murray has compiled a 58-17 match record on the season, which includes three ATP World Tour titles.
By clinching, the Erste Bank Open (Vienna) title earlier this month he became the fifth active player to capture 30 trophies in his career – after Federer (82), Nadal (64), Djokovic (46) and Lleyton Hewitt (30). He has also picked up silverware at hte Shenzhen Open and Valencia Open 500, saving five match points against Robredo in both finals. Murray is a three-time semi-finalist at hte season finale, reaching the last four in Shanghai in 2008 and London in 2010 and 2012.
He is bidding to become the first British player to win the season finale.