British number one Andy Murray’s chances of qualifying for the World ATP Tour Finals at the O2 in London are looking in doubt after he was defeated by David Ferrer in the third round of the Shanghai Masters 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 and the Spanish player overtook him in the ATP ‘Race to London’ leaderboard.
Murray suffers setback in Shanghai (source:www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis/)
World number five Ferrer’s victory sees him rise to ninth place (3, 715 points) with Murray dropping to tenth (3,655 points) and as only the top eight players in the World ATP rankings qualify, Murray will need to pick up maximum points at the Valencia and Paris Open events that are still to play this month. He has added an extra event, the Vienna Open to his busy schedule to help with his points total.
Roger Federer won the event adding his first Shanghai Rolex Masters title to his already impressive winners portfolio beating Gilles Simon in straight sets 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-2). Ferrer lost to Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals 6-4, 6-2 and Federer then beat World Number One Djokovic 6-4, 6-4 in the semis.
Stanislas Wawrinka is the fourth player to secure his place in the London finals joining defending champion Djokovic, Federer and Rafael Nadal who are already confirmed. As well as Ferrer ahead of Murray are Kei Nishikori, Marin Cilic, Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic who are all playing in as many events as possible to earn maximum points and secure their place in the top eight.
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