Andy Murray boosts ATP finals chance with victory over Ferrer

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Andy Murray battled to a 5-7 6-2 7-5 victory over David Ferrer in the final of the Erste Open in Vienna to boost his chances of reaching the ATP Tour Finals.

The British No 1climbed into up into the eighth and final qualifying place on the Race To London, by securing a crucial 250 points, with just two ranking events left.

Tomas Berdych, meanwhile, consolidated seventh place after he later defeated Grigor Dimitrov to win the final of the Stockholm Open.

Ferrer, ninth in the ATP list heading into yesterday’s final, had edged the first set before Murray rallied to level and force a decider.

Both men felt the pressure with a run of five service breaks before Murray closed out victory after a little more than one hour and 40 minutes.

Murray reflected on a closely-fought contest, but immediately turned his attentions towards the Valencia Open 500.

“It was an extremely difficult match. He deserved to win the first set, I deserved the second and the third could have gone either way, it was extremely close at the end,” Murray said on British Eurosport.

“We played two really close matches, David won last week in Shanghai, and who ever qualifies for the finals will deserve it.

“It is the best players over the 12 months, so we will see in the next (few) weeks, but it is going to be very close.

“We leave this evening for Valencia. Every tournament right now is very important.”