Valencia - Andy Murray took a huge step towards sealing his place in the ATP
World Tour finals as he beat top seed David Ferrer 6-4, 7-5 to reach the
Valencia Open final on Saturday.
Murray has put himself in prime
position for a seventh consecutive appearance at the season-ending
tournament in London with a run of 17 wins in his last 19 matches,
including victory over Ferrer in the final of the Austrian Open last
The Scot and Ferrer are currently eighth and ninth in the
race to London with four places still up for grabs following Rafael
Nadal's decision to withdraw to have his appendix removed on Friday.
can move as high as fifth in the standings with his third title in
little over a month when he faces Jeremy Chardy or Tommy Robredo in the
final on Sunday.
One break of serve in the opening game of the
match was enough for Murray to take the first set as he looked polished
on serve to take it 6-4.
However, the second set was a
rollercoaster as Murray appeared to be cruising to victory when he
secured a double break to move ahead 3-0.
Willed on by the home crowd, though, Ferrer, a three-time champion in Valencia, bounced back to move 4-3 ahead.
then had to save a break point to level at 4-4, but the match swung
back in Murray's favour when Ferrer fired long to leave the Scot serving
for the match at 6-5.
And despite having to save three break points, Murray eventually closed it out with a thumping forehand winner.