Tennis: Cilic locks down Tour finals berth with Thiem, Berdych and Tsonga chasing last spot

Croatia's Marin Cilic returns a shot to Belgium's David Goffin during their Paris Masters match on Nov 3, 2016.
Croatia's Marin Cilic returns a shot to Belgium's David Goffin during their Paris Masters match on Nov 3, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - Croatia's Marin Cilic secured his place at this month's ATP Tour tennis finals in London, with a 6-3, 7-6 (11-9) victory over David Goffin at the Paris Masters on Thursday.

The 2014 US Open champion avenged three earlier defeats to Goffin this year to leave just one remaining spot in the eight-man field at the prestigious Nov 13-20 event.

Cilic, who will play in his second Tour finals after 2014, will face either world No. 1 Novak Djokovic or 14th seed Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals in Paris.

Belgian Goffin was eliminated from Tour finals contention following the loss, with Dominic Thiem, Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga fighting for the final berth.

Cilic joins Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic and Gael Monfils in London.