ATP Finals chiefs keep eye on Murray and Nadal

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ATP Finals chiefs keep eye on Murray and Nadal

Organisers of the ATP World Tour Finals in London next month will be keeping a keen eye on Andy Murray’s results and Rafa Nadal’s health over the next couple of weeks.

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Published: Tue 21 Oct 2014, 3:22 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 9:56 PM

Andy Murray. AFP

Andy Murray. AFP

London: Home favourite Murray is one of several players scrambling to accumulate enough ATP Race points to grab one of the three remaining spots while already-qualified Nadal has been diagnosed with appendicitis and question marks remain over his appearance.

Murray, an ever-present at the season-ender since it came to London’s cavernous O2 Arena alongside the River Thames in 2009, apart from last year when he was recovering from back surgery, guarantees a spike in ticket sales at the hugely popular event.

Likewise, 14-times Grand Slam champion Nadal boasts an army of fans worldwide and should he succumb to ill health the event would be down-valued, whatever the quality of the eight men who do line up for the ATP’s showpiece tournament.

A few weeks ago Murray looked in serious jeopardy of missing the cut after a lean year but a late burst of form, with titles in Shenzhen and Vienna, has moved him to eighth in the Race to London.

It is mighty close, however, with Spain’s David Ferrer and Canada’s Milos Raonic within touching distance of the Scot ahead of the final regular events of the year in Basel, Valencia and the Paris Masters, the latter with 1,000 points on the line. Murray has not always enjoyed overwhelming support from British fans, a legacy of the surly demeanour of his early days and his fierce streak of Scottish patriotism that has occasionally attracted criticism.

His 2012 Olympic gold medal in London and last year’s Wimbledon triumph won many of the sceptics over, however, and he would be the fans’ first choice to win the Tour Finals title.

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