|Posted on November 11, 2010 at 10:18 AM|
Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer and Andy Roddick have all qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London from 21-28 November after a dramatic few hours at the BNP Paribas Masters on Thursday.
Wimbledon finalist Berdych will make his first appearance at the season finale, while Ferrer has qualified for the second time (also 2007) and Roddick for the eighth straight year (since 2003).
The trio qualified after French No. 12 seed Gael Monfils defeated sixth seed Fernando Verdasco of Spain 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 7-5 in the BNP Paribas Masters third round in Paris.
Earlier in the day, eighth seed Roddick ended Austrian Jurgen Melzer’s bid to qualify for both the singles and doubles competitions in the same year when he beat Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-3, 7-6.
Although No. 11 seed Melzer beat seventh seed Ferrer 7-6(6), 2-6, 6-3 for a place in the quarter-finals, the Austrian cannot pass No. 8-ranked Roddick for a place in London. Roddick now has 3,665 points in the year-to-date ATP Rankings, while Melzer can only finish the week with 3,605 points.
I am so happy!.... see my Feng Shui photoshop made on November 4, 2010
just after 1st round loss in Basel *Never Despair - Always Believe*
Good News... it happened on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at exactly 3.28 pm
Tomas in interview on November 11, 2010
a mixed day: loss to Davydenko - qualification for London
*C'est La Vie*
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Berdych, 25, is the lone player making his maiden debut in the season finale. He reached his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon in July (l. to Nadal) and is currently a personal-high No. 6 in the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings. In addition to a runner-up at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami tournament in April (l. to Roddick), Berdych was a semi-finalist at Roland Garros and quarter-finalist in seven other tournaments. Berdych will finish in the Top 10 for the first time in his career and he made the biggest jump of any player in the Top 10 from last season, climbing from No. 20.
Berdych said: "Qualifying for London is the pay off for all the hard work during the year and I'm very happy to see my name among the best eight players in the world."