Berdych wins spot in ATP Tour Finals

Nov. 10, 2011 at 4:30 PM   |   0 comments

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PARIS, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Tomas Berdych's third-round victory Thursday at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris determined the final three players for the field at the ATP World Tour Finals.

Berdych was among seven players who entered the Paris Maters with a shot at the three unclaimed invitations to the Tour Finals. His 7-5, 6-4 win over Janko Tipsarevic allowed Berdych, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Mardy Fish to qualify for the eight-player Finals, which begins Nov. 20 in London.

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and David Ferrer had earlier earned automatic slots in the Tour Finals.

Berdych needed five breaks over the two sets to beat Tipsarevic, who took a 4-0 career record against Berdych into Thursday's play.

Tsonga later collected a 6-3, 6-4 win over Andreas Seppi, which would have gained him a Finals spot anyway, but Fish dropped out in the third set with Juan Monaco up 1-6, 7-6 (8-6), 2-1. Fish was treated for a groin injury and it was unclear whether that would affect his availability for London.

Also Thursday, Djokovic, the world No. 1-ranked player, rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 win over Viktor Troicki. Troicki forced 14 break-point situations on Djokovic -- and won three of them -- but Djokovic piled up five breaks over the last two sets to advance to Friday's quarterfinals.

Murray, seeded second in Paris, beat Andy Roddick 6-2, 6-2 in 62 minutes in claiming his spot in the quarterfinals. Murray didn't face a break point and won more than half the points when Roddick served.

Also Thursday, Federer, seeded third, beat Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-4; No. 4-seed Ferrer topped Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-2; and John Isner defeated Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-2.

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