Berdych qualifies for ATP Finals
Results in Basel on Wednesday saw Tomas Berdych become the fifth player to book his place at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London next month.
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The Czech guaranteed he will join Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer and Juan Martin del Potro at the O2 after poor results for the other contenders this week.
Berdych himself lost in the first round in Basle but so did Stanislas Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet, while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic are staking their hopes on good performances in the Paris Masters next week.
It is the fourth consecutive year Berdych has qualified for the eight-man end-of-season showpiece, which begins on November 4.
This week could also be decisive in Roger Federer's bid to reach London, with the six-time champion the only one of the contenders to win his first-round match in Basle.
Ninth spot will qualify due to Andy Murray's withdrawal following back surgery and the race could go down to the wire in Paris.
Gasquet is in danger of missing out on the season-ending ATP event following his first-round exit to Michael Llodra.
The fifth seed seed lost in just 70 minutes to French compatriot Llodra 6-4 6-2, meaning he now needs to impress at next week's Paris Masters.
He sits behind the likes of Roger Federer and Wawrinka in ninth position for a spot in the field.
Gasquet, who lost in the Shanghai first round and rebounded by winning the Moscow title at the weekend, admitted that fatigue played its part in his exit.
"I was tired after playing a lot of matches," said the player who qualified for the year-end event in 2007 when it was played in Shanghai.
"It was a long flight from Moscow and the conditions here, the court and the balls, are completely different.
"Plus Michael was playing very well, it was very tough for me today. It's disappointing to lose but now I need to rest and then try to play well in Paris. It's my last chance."
Federer recovered from a sluggish start to beat Denis Istomin and secure his place in the last eight.
Chasing much-needed ranking points in an attempt to reach the World Tour Finals, Federer's bid to reach London looked in real danger as he lost the opening set.
But he thrilled his home fans in Basel by fighting back to clinch a 4-6 6-3 6-2 success in just under two hours.
With the first two sets having been shared, the third game of the decider developed into a pivotal situation in the contest with Federer eventually staving off four breaks points to hold.
From there the momentum shifted and the Swiss favourite pulled away to complete victory on his first match-point.
"I stared poorly, making too many errors, especially on the forehand," said Federer. "I was risking too much and it was not paying off.
"I had to cut that risk and was a bit lucky to win. I started fighting back and got better as the match went on.
"I'm happy that I was able to turn it around, I needed a match like this."
Reigning champion Juan Martin del Potro made a solid start to his defence with a 6-4 6-4 win over Finnish-born Swiss youngster Henri Laaksonen.
Elsewhere, Paul-Henri Mathieu moved into the second round as he beat American Denis Kudla 6-4 7-5 and Canadian Vasek Pospisil earned revenge for a loss last week as he beat Robin Haase 6-4 6-4.