ANDY MURRAY ensured he will end his season at the prestigious


ATP World Tour Finals for the third

year in a row after reaching the quarter-finals of the Shanghai

Masters yesterday.

The British number one beat France’s Jeremy Chardy 6-3 6-4 in

the third round to book his place at the O2 next month.

Murray follows Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in

qualifying for the eight-man event, which is being held in London

for the second successive season.

The 23-year-old missed out on the last four by one game last

season and will be aiming to better that in front of his home


Murray said: “I think it’s a great achievement to qualify for

the Tour Finals. I’m obviously very happy to have done it with a

few tournaments left. Today was a good match. I was happy with the

way I played.”

It has been a very mixed season for the Scot, with highs

including an Australian Open appearance in January, reaching the

semi-finals at Wimbledon and beating both Nadal and Federer to win

the Toronto Masters.

But there have also been plenty of lows, such as a miserable run

from February to June and a third-round loss at the US Open.

Murray continued: “The closer it gets to the (Tour Finals), you

start thinking about it. So much can happen at the beginning of the

year. You have to try and view the year as a whole and not really

panic if things go bad at the start of the year.”