Vienna: Andy Murray boosted his chances of making the ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday when he defeated Spain`s David Ferrer 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 to claim the Austrian Open for his 30th career title.
The hard-fought victory in two hours, 41 minutes sends the Scot to just shy of eighth spot in the points race for the London season-ending finale which begins in three weeks.
Murray and Ferrer, the top seed and playing the event on a wild card like the Scot, were almost dead-level this week in the race for the last three places at the eight-man season wrap-up.
"It always feels great to win a title," said Murray, who lost to Ferrer at the Shanghai Masters last week. "This was an extremely difficult match.
"He deserved to win the first set, I deserved the second and the third could have gone either way. I`m lucky I just managed to pull it off," he said of a final set which featured seven breaks of serve.
Murray took victory when a serve was ruled an ace by electronic line-calling.
Ferrer still trails Murray by just a handful of points in the race to the season-ending showpiece, with both men now heading to Valencia for next week`s competition.
Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic have already booked their places for London.