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Monfils seals maiden World Tour Finals spot after Thiem’s Vienna loss

tennis Updated: Oct 28, 2016 10:11 IST
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Monfils joins Djokovic, Murray, Wawrinka, Raonic and Nishikori in the eight-man field. (REUTERS)

Gael Monfils clinched a maiden spot at the World Tour Finals on Thursday, securing the sixth place in the eight-man field in London after rival Dominic Thiem was defeated at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna.

The 30-year-old Frenchman joins Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori in the November 13-20 tournament.

“It feels great to qualify for the ATP Finals for the first time in my career,” said right-hander Monfils.

“It is a great way to finish my best season on the tour,” he said after a run of powerful form this season starting with a quarter-finals run at the Australian Open.”

Thiem’s hopes were hit by defeat to Viktor Troicki in Vienna while fellow London hopeful David Goffin also suffered a setback by losing to Juan Martin del Potro in Basel.

Marin Cilic stayed in the chase for the seventh spot at the World Tour Finals when he reached the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors with a 6-0, 7-6 (4) win over Pablo Carreno Busta.