London Race: Murray v Ferrer, Dimitrov v Berdych In Sunday Finals
by Staff | October 18th, 2014, 5:43 pm
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Two players fighting for London berths will play in finals on Sunday. In Vienna, Andy Murray meets David Ferrer in a crucial London clash. After a win over Viktor Troicki today, at No. 8 Murray is just a few points ahead of Ferrer in the Race, with the winner of the match moving ahead.

“My plan is to try and play very aggressively with my forehand,” said Ferrer who beat Philipp Kohlschreiber today. “My first serve is very important and I will have to work hard for a chance.”

Said Murray, who leads Ferrer 7-6 but lost their only 2014 meeting last week in Shanghai, “I have played David a lot… He is a tough player who has been at the top of the game for a long time now. He never gives you anything.”

In Stockholm, defending champion Grigor Dimitrov returned to the final after beating Bernard Tomic 6-3, 7-5. He’ll meet Tomas Berdych in the final. The big Czech knocked out Bachinger 7-6, 6-4.

Like Murray and Ferrer, both guys are also locked in the London hunt with Berdych at No. 7 right now and Dimitrov at 11.

Dimitrov has won three of four meetings with Berdych and once again feel confident.

“I like my chances,” said Dimitrov. “I never dislike my chances if I’m in the final. It’s a nice place to be again. I would love to defend a title every single week. It brings the best out in you so for me it’s a really nice place to be in.

“[Tomas is] one of the biggest hitters out there,” said Dimitrov. “I think we both are hungry to get that title so it’s going to be interesting.”

In Moscow, US Open champion Marin Cilic officially clinched his spot in London after the Croat beat Kukushkin to make the final where he’ll meet Roberto Bautista Agut.

“This was one of my childhood dreams,” said Cilic of his first qualification. “It happened this year and I’m extremely happy about this success. It’s another achievement in my career. The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is for sure one of the most interesting tournaments of the year. It is watched all over the world and brings a big attendance to all the matches. It will be a big honour for me to participate there.”


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32 Comments for London Race: Murray v Ferrer, Dimitrov v Berdych In Sunday Finals

Wog boy Says:

“After a win over Viktor Troicki today, at No. 8 Murray is just a few points ahead of Ferrer in the Race, with the winner of the match moving ahead.”

Staff, that is wrong. Ferrer is few points ahead of Murray, he #9, Murray is #10 in the race to London.
Raonic is #8 and if Grigor wins it will be really dog fight, i would like to see Grigor in London, breath of the fresh air.


dari Says:

wog boy, do you use this site? it says what staff says. and I have been walking around all day thinking Andy is like 15 points ahead and needs to win tomorrow 😊
http://live-tennis.eu/race


Wog boy Says:

dari, I used ATP site, so which one is correct, I am confused now?


dari Says:

Hi wog boy.
so the point of that link is that it is “live” updated daily (multiple times a day, actually) and shows the race points basically as they happen.
the one on the atp site is updated i think weekly


the DA Says:

@wog boy – the ATP site has Andy at No. 8, 10 points ahead of Ferrer.

They both have everything to play for tomorrow. #dramatic


contador Says:

Should be an interesting final in Vienna. Go Andy!

And the other ATP finals look good too, to this fan.


dari Says:

ok, so up until recently, atp wasn’t doing the daily thing. but it seems they have caught on to how tight the race is and they have now updated to match the live race day by day!
the race isn’t usually such a race up to this point. especially between two usualy staple qualifiers.
Go Andeh!


Polo Says:

How much does a player get for playing one match at the year end champiosip and then pull out if he happens to lose and cannot forseebly win the whole tournament?


jane Says:

hope andy wins and also dimitrov.
berdy never does much at the wtfs.


Polo Says:

WTF, that acronym always takes me aback when I read it here.


Wog boy Says:

Thanks dari, thanks the DA,
You learn something every day.


Brando GOAT poster Says:

Yesssss Andddyyyy!!! Get in! What a epic decider: he’s I have seen this year! So much drama! Vital win, not just points but for the big name player win! Spare a thought for Ferru: 2 titles slipped on the final step: here and Miami Masters v Muzza!


Brando GOAT poster Says:

Best I have seen this year, typos galore!


Colin Says:

Polo, there used to be a sports forum (now defunct) on the BBC website, and the “moderating” was not very efficient. Someone posted a comment referring to the “WTF”, and some troll complained. The post was removed!

Anyway, well done Andy. What I’d like to see now is not Murray flogging himself trying to win in London, but rather performing respectably and then being able to make for Miami and start preparing for Australia.


Margot Says:

Let me tell you folks, being a Murray fan is bloody xhausting. Worth it tho. YAY!
Andy you beaut! :)


the DA Says:

That match put me through the wringer. Please let’s not have them meet again in Valencia – especially as the court is super slow there. Good that Andy was able to fight back from being a break down, twice. Now there’s a little less pressure in Valencia. Exhausted.


Margot Says:

@the DA
Not sure he’ll do that well in Valencia. Has played a load of tennis lately and was flying there tonight too!
With a weird coincidence he’ll meet Meltzer, winner of the doubles, first match.
Am all wrung out meself, you? But with a huge grin on my face! You?


Hippy Chick Says:

YAY Andy so happy for you,what a comeback from a set down,i know Cilic and Berdych both won titles too,so congrats to them,but great for Andy….


Hippy Chick Says:

The most satisfying thing is seeing him win a title against a tricky top 10 player,showing fight,passion and determination….


the DA Says:

@Margot – Yes a HUGE grin ;) I’m doubtful about Valencia too which is why this win was super important.


tennismonger Says:

I’m liking Cilic for the YEC – he sounds stoked.

Remaining qualifiers just may be too exhausted/disinterested/absent to win…


Margot Says:

@tennismonger
Isn’t he a shoe in, cos of slam win?


Hippy Chick Says:

Agree with Tennismonger the players whom are hell bent and going all out to try and qualify,might suffer from burnout and fatigue,as opposed to the other guys that are fresher and more rested,and some matches may end up being damp squibs because of it,just saying?


jane Says:

congrats to andy, and also berd. andy is in now? or very very close?


madmax Says:

ATP World Tour Finals qualifiers as they stand

Player and position

5 Kei Nishikori (Jpn)

7 Tomas Berdych (Cze)

8 Andy Murray (GB)

9 David Ferrer (Spa)

10 Milos Raonic (Can)

11 Grigor Dimitrov (Bul)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/29682038


Hippy Chick Says:

I very much doubt Andy will be a factor if he qualifies,and i doubt Rafa will be a factor if he plays,Andy will be burned out at this rate and therefore not really fit enough,and Rafa at this rate,should pull out as he wont be well enough….


Margot Says:

@Hippy
I suspect Andy’s more concerned about AO seeding tbh. Of course his pride might be at stake too.


Hippy Chick Says:

Margot agree,Colin summed it up perfectly,qualify or not at least end whats been a dissapointing year,with some respectable results,and focus on getting back some form for next year….


Margot Says:

@Hippy
After a back operation as far as I’m concerned its not been a “disappointing” year at all, its been a blooming good year!


Hippy Chick Says:

Margot ok fair enough,all things considered lol….


Hippy Chick Says:

Margot ok fair enough,all things considered lol….


Hippy Chick Says:

Please excuse the double post,dont know why?….

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