By Chris Oddo/ Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Tomas Berdych became the fifth player to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals, the ATP announced on Wednesday.
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Despite dropping his first-round match in Basel to Ivo Karlovic, Tomas Berdych is good to go for London.
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World No. 7 Tomas Berdych has booked his fourth consecutive ATP World Tour Finals appearance, the ATP announced on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old joins Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer and Juan Martin del Potro as one of the five players who have already locked up London bids.
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Berdych owns a 4-6 record over the last three years at the prestigious year-end event. In his best performance, he reached the semifinals in 2011, bowing out to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semifinals.
“For me, it’s always one of my goals at the beginning of each season and it’s an honor to qualify,” Berdych said. “It’s just great to be a part of it. It really is the celebration of tennis, only for the top eight guys. It’s a huge show, which I suppose tennis should be, and for us tennis players I would say it’s the best tournament.”
Three spots are still open for London, with Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet currently in line to take them. But with a Masters 1000 event in Paris next week, several other players are still in the running.
Though he doesn't own a title in 2013, Berdych is one of four players to have reached the 50-win plateau, coming in at 50-21 with three finals. He reached quarterfinals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
The World Tour finals are set to take place from November 4-11.