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World number seven Tomas Berdych has booked his place in Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in November despite a disappointing week at Swiss Indoor event.
The Czech star was beaten in the first round of the competition in Basel after going down 6-4 6-7 6-7 to the Croatian Ivo Karlovic on Tuesday.
However, Berdych’s rivals for a coveted place at the World Tour Finals in London next month also had matches to forget, with Swiss star Stanislas Wawrinka and Frenchman Richard Gasquet also going out in the first round in Switzerland.
Berdych, who has now secured his place in the high-profile tournament for the last four years, is set to join the likes of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer and Juan Martin del Potro for the final big competition of the year before the next Grand Slam – the Australian Open – in January.
British number one Andy Murray has already ruled himself out of the tournament in the English capital as he continues to his recovery from a back injury which the Scot has admitted might see him miss Melbourne next year if he is not 100 per cent fit.
Meanwhile, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic will be hoping they can secure one of the three remaining places for the World Tour Finals as they prepare for the Paris Masters next week, while former world number one Roger Federer is looking to book his place at the event by enjoying a strong week at the Swiss Indoor tournament.