PARIS (Reuters) – Andy Murray’s recent resurgence continued when the Briton qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals by reaching the Paris Masters quarterfinals with a 6-3 6-3 win against Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov on Thursday.
After dropping outside the world top 10 following his US Open quarterfinal 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 semifinal 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.
Second seed Roger Federer dismissed French qualifier Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-4 and now faces Milos Raonic, who can still qualify for the Tour Finals after the Canadian fired 23 aces in his 7-5 7-6(7) win over Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut.
Federer, who has won five of his 10 finals this year, extended his current winning run to 14 matches as he kept his eye firmnly on the world number one spot, which he can achieved by winning in Paris if Djokovic does not reach the final.
However, third seed Stan Wawrinka was knocked out in the third round when he lost 6-7(2) 7-5 7-6(3) against South African Kevin Anderson, suffering his fourth defeat in five matches.
The Swiss, who has already booked a place in the Tour Finals, had lost his opening matches in the three previous tournaments he had entered.