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2016 PARIS MASTERS Quarter-Final: Tomas Berdych lost to Andy Murray. With the loss, Berdych is also eliminated from London contention and Andy Murray is one win away from becoming world No 1 *H2H* *OoP* *Score and Stats*

Posted on November 4, 2016 at 7:30 PM



Britain's Andy Murray speaks with Tomas Berdych after the quarterfinal match of the Paris Masters tennis tournament at the Bercy Arena, in Paris, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. Murray won 7-6(9), 7-5.




H2H Tomas Berdych vs Andy Murray


Berdych needs to beat Murray for the first time since 2013 in order to keep alive his chances of qualifying for this month’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London for the seventh year in a row.


Although Berdych dropped out of the world’s top 10 this week for the first time in more than six years, he is one of three players still in contention for the last place in the elite eight-man field for London, which is decided by ranking points won during the calendar year. Competition begins at the O2 Arena in nine days’ time.




Order of Play - QF Bercy 2016 Berdych/Murray Centre Court not before 19:30




Tomas Berdych in action against Britain's Andy Murray during their quarter-final tennis match at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 indoor tournament in Paris on November 4, 2016. Murray won 7-6(9), 7-5.




Score and Stats - Tomas Berdych lost to Andy Murray. *First set: lot of regrets when Berdych was 6-1 ahead in the tie-break*





Murray One Match Away From No. 1


ATP Staff | Friday, November 4, 2016


Andy Murray continued his dominance against Tomas Berdych on Friday at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris and is now one match away from reaching World No. 1. The Scot toughed out a 7-6(9), 7-5 win over Berdych, who can no longer qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.


If Murray wins his semi-final match on Saturday against either Milos Raonic or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, he'll become No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time in his career.


The Briton has spent 76 weeks at the No. 2 spot, and the 29-year-old Murray is looking to become the second-oldest player (John Newcombe, 30, in 1974) to debut at No. 1. It has been a long wait for the Scot. Should he reach No. 1, he'll own the ATP World Tour record for most time between becoming No. 2 and No. 1, having debuted at No. 2 on 17 August, 2009.


The Brit was nearly untouchable on his serve against Berdych. He didn't face a break point until he served for the match at 5-4 in the second set. Murray was broken but broke right back and held to advance. For the match, the Scot won almost 75 per cent of his service points.


Berdych's level was so high initially, though, that the Czech nearly led by a set. With a free-swinging forehand, the seventh seed led the first-set tie-break 6-1 but couldn't capitalise on any of his seven set points. Murray improved to 10-6 against Berdych in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series and has won their past six match-ups.


With the loss, Berdych is also eliminated from London contention. He needed to at least reach the Paris semi-finals to have a chance to qualify for the year-end championships, to be held 13-20 November at The O2 in London































Tomas Berdych in action against Britain's Andy Murray during their quarter-final tennis match at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 indoor tournament in Paris on November 4, 2016. Murray won 7-6(9), 7-5.

 






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