In an attempt to make one final push for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, Andy Murray will embark on a three-week campaign that will kick off this coming week in Vienna, where the British No. 1 accepted a Wildcard into the draw.
Ranked at No. 11, Murray is fighting for one of the coveted eight spots in the year-end championships. Four have already been filled, with several more spots close to being taken as well.
After picking up his first title in 15 months two weeks ago in Shenzhen, British No. 1 Andy Murray was unable to maintain that momentum in Beijing, as he lost to eventual Novak Djokovic in the semi-final round of the tournament, 6-3, 6-4. It was an anti-climatic end to his recent resurgence, particularly considering his inspired performance against US Open champion Marin Cilic in the quarter-final round. The disappointment would only increase when he lost to David Ferrer in the third round of the Shanghai Masters – a tournament that Murray has previously won on two separate occasions.
Murray was clearly disappointed following his loss to Ferrer, and immediately took out his frustration on the ATP structure and his issues with the acceptance system for the finals.
“If the ATP want their tournaments to be the most important tournaments, which I think they do – it’s the ATP World Tour Finals – you would hope that the players who would get in would be those who accumulate the most points across the whole year on the ATP tour. But by putting the grand slam champions in then they would be saying the grand slams are the most important events.
“I’m not saying that’s wrong. I’ve put a lot of my time and effort and training into getting prepared for the grand slams and playing the best-of-five-set matches. They mean a lot to all the players. If Marin was to get in placed ninth, he would deserve to be there. Winning the US Open is a great achievement.”
Murray will begin his campaign in Vienna on Thursday afternoon.
The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals take place between Nov. 9-16 at The O2 Arena in London, England.