Cilic secures London spot

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Published: Saturday 18th October 2014 by The News Editor

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US Open champion Marin Cilic has become the fifth player to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London next month.

The Croatian defeated Kei Nishikori in New York to become one of the most unexpected grand slam champions of recent years.

That made him a near certainty for one of the eight spots at the O2 Arena, with one place reserved for a major winner even if they finish outside the leading eight players of the season.

The only scenario that could have seen Cilic miss out would have been if he dropped outside the top eight and Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka ended up in eighth.

That now cannot happen, meaning Cilic joins Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Wawrinka in having sealed his place.

“This was one of my childhood dreams,” said the 26-year-old Croatian, who is coached by former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic.

“It happened this year and I’m extremely happy about this success. It’s another achievement in my career.

“The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is for sure one of the most interesting tournaments of the year. It is watched all over the world and brings a big attendance to all the matches. It will be a big honour for me to participate there.”

There are three weeks of the regular season left for the other hopefuls to claim one of three remaining spots.

Nishikori is the best placed, while Tomas Berdych, Milos Raonic, Andy Murray, David Ferrer and Grigor Dimitrov are also in contention.

Published: Saturday 18th October 2014 by The News Editor

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