Murray and Berdych steal march on Ferrer and Dimitrov in Race to London

Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych are the winners as the race to the ATP World Tour Finals hots up

The rankings in the Race to London may not have changed, but the jostling for position—and bragging rights—carried on apace during the three simultaneous finals in Vienna, Stockholm and Moscow this weekend.

What they did and what they said

Tomas Berdych, No7 in Race

Beat defending champion Grigor Dimitrov, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, to regain the Stockholm title he won in 2012.

Claimed his 10th tour-level title, his fourth straight on indoor hard courts, his second this year after Rotterdam.
Aiming to qualify for fifth consecutive WTFs.

Is joint fourth on the Tour in match-wins this year at 51.

Is switching from Basel, where he lost in the first round last year, to play Valencia for the first time since 2009.

“[Stockholm] is the first and only tournament I’ve won twice. The hospitality and care here is very nice. That’s why I like to come back. I feel at home here.”

Andy Murray, No8 in Race

Became the fifth active player to lift 30 trophies by beating David Ferrer, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5, in two and three-quarter hours in Vienna.

Murray and Ferrer have swapped places in the Race three times in little more than a week, with Ferrer beating the Briton last week in Shanghai, Murray winning this week in Austria, and they are drawn to meet in Valencia semis.

Murray won the Valencia title on his debut in 2009.

Is joint fourth on the Tour in match-wins this year at 51.

Aiming to qualify for WTFs for seventh time (did not play 2013 after surgery).

“The next few weeks are extremely important. Everyone is playing next week. I just need to win as many matches as possible to keep hold of the eighth spot [in the Race] or go higher. I am proud to win 30 tournaments and I will keep doing my best to win more.”

David Ferrer, No9 in Race

In Vienna final, was aiming for 50th match-win of the season and his 22nd career title trophy.

Only title this year came in February in Buenos Aires.

He and Murray have been neck-and-neck in the Race throughout the Asia swing, and could meet for the third time in three weeks in Valencia.

Has a 29-6 record at hometown Valencia, winning in 2008 when it was a spring clay-court event and twice since it has become an indoor hard-court tournament in 2010 and 2012, plus runner-up last year.

Aiming to qualify for sixth WTFs.

“I have reached the final [in Vienna], so it is positive. Andy played more aggressively than I did in the crucial moments and he deserved to win. Of course, I am disappointed as I lost the match having had a 5-3 lead [in the third set].”

Grigor Dimitrov, No11 in Race

Won his first ATP title in Stockholm last year, but lost to Berdych in this year’s final.

Was bidding for fourth title of the year, after Acapulco, Bucharest and Queen’s.
Bidding for place at WTFs for the first time.

Plays Basel for the third time—two quarter-final finishes in last two years.

Last year in Basel, he played Roger Federer for the first and only time, losing in the quarter-finals. They could meet at the same stage again this year.

“[The Stockholm final] was a good match. I give all my respect to Tomas. It’s never easy to lose a final, but he was just better out there today. He had bigger momentum in the second and third (sets). That made the biggest difference.”

And in Moscow…

London qualifier and US Open champion Marin Cilic beat No14 in the Race, Roberto Bautista Agut, to win the Kremlin Cup, 6-4, 6-4.

It is the Croat’s fourth title in 2014, his 13th overall and sixth on indoor hard.

Moves into second place behind Federer in season match-wins: 54.

“Next week I have a week off and then I will be preparing for Bercy [Paris Masters]. Two very big tournaments coming up for me in Bercy and London. I have to be motivated to do well.”

2014 match-wins

Roger Federer, 61
Marin Cilic, 54
Novak Djokovic, 52
Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych, 51

The Race to London

Q 1 Novak Djokovic 8,650
Q 2 Roger Federer 7,020
Q 3 Rafael Nadal 6,735
Q 4 Stan Wawrinka 4,795
Q 6 Marin Cilic 4,150

5 Kei Nishikori 4,265
7 Tomas Berdych 4,105: plays Valencia
8 Andy Murray 3,885: plays Valencia
9 David Ferrer 3,775: plays Valencia
10 Milos Raonic 3,750: plays Basel
11 Grigor Dimitrov 3,555: plays Basel
12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2,650
13 Ernests Gulbis 2,455: plays Basel
14 Roberto Bautista Agut 2,020: plays Valencia
15 Feliciano Lopez 2,015: plays Valencia

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