British No. 1 Andy Murray lifted his thirtieth title on the ATP World Tour on Sunday afternoon when he defeated David Ferrer at the Erste Bank Open.
Murray furthered his bid to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals when he rallied from a set down to beat the Spaniard 5-7, 6-2, 7-5. Murray needed 2 hours and 42 minutes to earn the victory and was forced to work his way from a break down in the final set to close out the match.
“The next few weeks are extremely important,” said Murray. “Everyone is playing next week. I just need to win as many matches as possible to keep hold of the eighth spot [in the Emirates ATP Race To London] or go higher.”
“I am proud to win 30 tournaments and I will keep doing my best to win more.”
Murray won €94,500 in prize money and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points for his efforts.
With the title win, Murray moves to the eighth and final qualifying spot in the Race to London but will still be faced with the task of maintain that momentum over the coming two weeks in Valencia and Bercy.
While Ferrer has dropped below Murray, he believes he is still in the running for the year-end championships.
“I have a chance [to qualify]. There are two more weeks, which are important to get to London. I will try and be more positive next week.”