Murray secures O2 spot
Originally published on: 11/09/13 00:00
The British No.1 will look to maintain his unbeaten record on home soil in 2013 when he plays at the season finale at The O2 in London from November 4-11.
Murray, who won back-to-back titles at the Aegon Championships and Wimbledon this summer, qualified for a sixth consecutive year following the US Open, where he was beaten by Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarter-finals.
“I’ve played some of my best tennis in front of my home crowd at Queen’s and Wimbledon this year so hopefully I can keep up that run of form at The O2 in November,” Murray said.
“It will be great to compete in London again for the first time since winning Wimbledon. It’s a key focus for me for the rest of the season and I’ll do everything I can to give myself the best chances of winning it. The atmosphere there is always special – to win it would be the perfect way to finish the season.”
US Open champion Rafael Nadal qualified in June following his victory at Roland Garros, while defending champion Novak Djokovic booked his spot in August. David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin del Potro are well placed to secure their return to London.
However, six-time champion and crowd favourite Roger Federer faces a battle from the likes of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet and Stanislas Wawrinka for a place at the eight-man tournament.