Andy Murray saw off Milos Raonic in straight-sets tonight to keep alive his hopes of winning a first ATP World Tour Finals.
The Scottish ace added a cool $155,000 (£97,377) to his bank account for the evening’s work, bringing his take from the tournament up to $310,000 and his overall on-court earnings for the year to $3.32m (£2.09m).
Murray’s 6-3, 7-5 win was a far more convincing performance compared to Sunday’s loss to Kei Nishikori, and it sets the world number six up with a chance to seize a semi-final spot when he faces Roger Federer in his final Group B match on Thursday.
However, if Murray loses to Federer he will finish the year with his lowest prize money earnings for six years.
In 2008 the Scot earned over six figures for the first time in his career with a full-year total of $3.68m in prize money. Since then he has never earned less, yet defeat on Thursday would send Murray out of the season-ending competition with a smaller total for the year.
For Murray to be guaranteed a place in the semi-final, he must beat Federer and hope Raonic overcomes Nishikori in their meeting earlier in the day. However, if both Nishikori and Murray win, the semi-finalists will be the two players with the largest percentage of sets won.
Murray and Federer currently have a 50 per cent win ratio against each other, with 11 wins each. The last time the two faced each other in this competition, the Swiss maestro won in straight sets in a 2012 semi-final encounter.
Federer himself has enjoyed a rather more lucrative year than his opponent, having won five titles to Murray’s three.
Last week former world number one Andy Roddick said his former nemesis had enjoyed an “incredible” year.
The 33-year-old’s smooth victory over Nishikori earlier in the day saw his prize money earnings for the year reach $7.1m. That’s second only to Novak Djokovic for 2014 on-court earnings.
Not bad, but in five seasons previously Federer has actually earned more. In 2007 he picked up $10.11m, this season Novak Djokovic has already earned $10.16m.
And the could be more to come from the Serb who is favourite to triumph at this week’s event in London. A semi-final and final win would guarantee a champion $1.45m.