Following a frantic five-week schedule on the ATP World Tour – one that would include 3 title wins – Andy Murray officially qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Thursday afternoon with a straight sets victory over Grigor Dimitrov to reach the quarter-final round of the tournament.
Following a solid opening round match against Julien Benneteau, British No. 1 Andy Murray cemented his spot in the Race to London for the year-end championships with a dominant 6-3, 6-3 win over Grigor Dimitrov – immediately ending the Bulgarians hopes at reaching the tournament for the first time in his career. Murray, who missed the tournament last season due to back surgery, won 93% of his first service points and did not face a single break point en route to the 1 hour and 9 minute victory.
“There were no ‘downs’ really in the match,” said Murray. “In some of the matches that I’ve had against the top, top players, I’ve had some periods in the match where my level had dropped off a little bit, and the best players capitalise on those moments. I didn’t have any of them today. I played well from start to finish.
“I made it very difficult for Grigor. I hardly made any mistakes at all throughout the match.”
Murray joins Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic in the elite eight-man field. Three slots remain for ripe for the picking this week in Bercy.