|Posted on November 10, 2011 at 4:55 PM|
Berdych completes ATP World Tour Finals line-up
November 10, 2011
(CNN) -- Czech Tomas Berdych defeated Serb Janko Tipsarevic 7-5 6-4 at the Paris Masters on Thursday, a victory which confirmed the line-up for the forthcoming ATP World Tour Finals.
World number six Berdych's win ended Tipsarevic's hopes of playing at the eight-man London event, while also ensuring Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and American Mardy Fish's presence at the season-ending tournament.
"It was a kind of really special day, because it was the one that decides if I [qualify] for London," the 26-year-old told the Tour's official website after setting up a quarterfinal match with second seed Andy Murray."
"This is my second season where I'm able to make it, and I'm extremely happy for it... These days it's not that easy in the time of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer."
Berdych, Tsonga, Fish qualify for ATP Finals
Paris: Tomas Berdych, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Mardy Fish filled out the last qualifying berths for the eight-man ATP World Tour Finals on Thursday.
All three earned their spots for the elite London tournament after Berdych beat Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 7-5, 6-4 in the third round of the Paris Masters.
Tipsarevic needed to win the title in Paris to qualify for the season-ending event, which starts on November 20.
Mardy Fish was forced to retire at the Paris Masters because of a hamstring injury, but he still plans to go to London.
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and David Ferrer had already qualified.
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – 2011 Player Field
1. Novak Djokovic (SRB)
2. Rafael Nadal (ESP)
3. Andy Murray (GBR)
4. Roger Federer (SUI)
5. David Ferrer (ESP)
6. Tomas Berdych (CZE)
7. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
8. Mardy Fish (USA)
9. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
10. Nicolas Almagro (ESP)
Bold denotes qualification