Andy Murray has finally secured his spot at the World Tour Finals, after comfortably beating Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 6-3 on Thursday to reach the quarter finals of the Paris Masters.
Murray has won 20 of his last 22 matches in what has been a 'long few weeks', including successes in the Shenzhen Open, the Vienna Open and most recently the Valencia Open on Sunday.
The 27-year-old joins Novak Djokovic, who he will play in the last eight of the Paris Masters on Friday, Roger Federer, Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka in the list of already qualified players.
It was a relatively straightforward victory for Murray, who outclassed the Bulgarian for a large part of the game, before eventually sealing the win in 69 minutes.
The Brit started strongly and maintained the dominant figure throughout the match. He wrapped up the first set by breaking Dimitrov for a second time in game nine and carried on into the second with much the same attitude.
TOUGHER TESTS AWAIT BEFORE SEASON CLOSES
Murray took a swift 3-0 lead over his worn down opponent and without facing a single break point throughout the contest; sealed an important victory, however the next round is is likely to pose a much tougher challenge.
At the end of the match, Murray scribbled 'bad year' on a camera lens to hit back at his critics from the past 12 months.
''It wasn't a jibe, it's a bit of fun.
''I mean, people are going to ask me all the time why I've had such a poor year by my standards.
"You're allowed sometimes to say something in response to that. I don't tend to do that often, but, look, it's been a hard year, a tough year, but it hasn't been a bad year," the british number one said.
CONFIDENCE IS CLEAR
It has been a strenuous six-week period for the 2013 Wimbledon champion who has rightly earned his place in next months illustrious event, however he remains pleased and positive.
"It's not like I'm as fresh as a daisy. I'm fatigued - but I'm match tight. I'm making good decisions on the court, I'm not having any lulls in the matches.
"It wasn't the easiest position to be in but I had to do it if I wanted to try to finish in the top eight in the world. Thankfully I've managed to do it, and my body has held up," Murray told the BBC.
The British number one is happy with his current condition and ensures he is confident ahead of the tournaments to come.
"I just needed to get some wins against the top players to gain some confidence and I've managed to do that in the last few weeks.
"It's been a strong year after a tough surgery and a hard beginning of the year. I'm pleased with the way I'm playing now and hope it sets me up well for next year," he told Sky Sports.
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