Tomas Berdych (Player Profile) may have lost in the opening round of the Swiss Indoor Open yesterday, but with the sudden exits of both Richard Gasquet and Stanislas Wawrinka, the Czech No. 1 has still officially qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals next month. This marks the fourth consecutive time he will join the top eight players on the tour in the year-end championships.
“For me, it’s always one of my goals at the beginning of each season and it’s an honour to qualify,” said Berdych. “It’s just great to be a part of it. It really is the celebration of tennis, only for the Top 8 guys. It’s a huge show which I suppose tennis should be, and for us tennis players I would say it’s the best tournament.”
Berdych’s best performance at the prestigious event came in 2011, when he reached the semi-finals before losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He has reached three ATP finals this season, including the Open 13 in Marseille, where he lost to Tsonga, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and the Thailand Open in Bangkok (lost to Raonic). The Czech star is also one of four players this season to register 50 match wins on the ATP World Tour.
“Tomas has one of the most powerful and exciting games in the sport and has firmly established himself among the world’s Top 8 players on the ATP World Tour,” said Tournament Director, Andre Silva. “We’re delighted to be able to welcome him back to The O2 for a fourth consecutive year.”
The World No. 7 will join Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer and Juan Martin del Potro in the eight-man field in the London O2 arena next month. With World No. 4 Andy Murray forced out of the tournament following back surgery, there are still three spots remaining for the year-end championships. Wawrinka and Gasquet hurt their chances with first round exits in Basel, leaving potential openings for Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
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