Paris - Croatia's Marin Cilic secured his place at this month's Tour finals
in London with a 6-3, 7-6 (11/9) victory over David Goffin at the Paris
Masters on Thursday.
The 2014 US Open champion avenged three
earlier defeats to Goffin this year to leave just one remaining spot in
the eight-man field at the prestigious November 13-20 event.
Cilic edged an opening set that included five breaks of serve before rallying from 5-3 down to force a tie-break in the second.
ninth seed failed to convert five match points, then saved a set point,
but eventually closed it out in just under two hours.
"That was the goal of the season for me, to reach the Tour finals in London," said Cilic, a previous participant in 2014.
top eight in the world, that's something all the players in the world
are wishing for. It's one of the best tournaments in the world.
definitely something special, so it's great for me that I achieved it,
especially in this kind of way in these last few weeks. I earned it, and
that's, for me, an even bigger plus."
Cilic will face either world No 1 Novak Djokovic or 14th seed Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals in Paris.
Goffin was eliminated from Tour finals contention following the loss,
with Dominic Thiem, Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga fighting for
the final berth.
Results from the fourth day of the ATP Paris Masters on Thursday (x denotes seeding):
Marin Cilic (CRO x9) bt David Goffin (BEL x8) 6-3, 7-6 (11/9)