VALENCIA, Spain: 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 (Sunday in Manila).
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 week.
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.
Murray can move as high as fifth in the standings with his third title in little over a month when he faces Tommy Robredo in Sunday’s final.
Robredo, the world number 21, defeated Jeremy Chardy of France 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/2) in his semi-final.
“You do get an adrenaline rush playing in front of a big crowd,” said Murray, who lifted the Valencia title in 2009.
“Because of the way the match was today there was a lot of very important points as well so the crowd were very engaged in the match and it was a great atmosphere.”
Ferrer paid a generous tribute to Murray who leads Robredo 4-2 in their caree head-to-heads and Chardy by 5-1.
“Murray served pretty well at first set and I couldn’t do anything,” said Ferrer.
“In the first set and part of second, he was better than me. Andy is a pretty good player. If you aren’t focused against him, you pay.”