Andy Murray given favourable ATP World Tour Finals group
Andy Murray has enjoyed a terrific last six weeks leading up to the ATP World Tour Finals, winning three tournaments and doing just enough at the Paris Masters to secure his place for the prestigious event at London’s O2 Arena.
The Scot (13/2 to win) reached the quarter-finals at the most recent competition in France, to confirm a spot at the season-ending showpiece for the first time in two years after missing out last time due to back surgery.
As a result of Murry’s fantastic late run in 2014, he has moved up to world number six, and qualified in sixth in the Race to London. He has been drawn in Group B, along with Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic, with Group A consisting of world number one Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic.
Murray (2/1 to top his pool) is to open the tournament against US Open runner-up Nishikori (7/4), who is the only player in the draw born outside of Europe, on Sunday November 9th at 2pm. The Scot has a 3-0 record against the Japanese star and is yet to drop a set against him, so take a price of 2/5 for the 27-year-old to win and 11/10 to do so 2-0.
Wimbledon semi-finalist Raonic (18/1 to take the title) also comes into this tournament in good form, having reached the last two at the Paris Masters, but also lost out to Djokovic. The Montenegrin-born Canadian, 23, holds a wining advantage over Murray (3-1), but is the 5/1 outsider to top Group B.
Federer, a record six-time champion of the World Tour Finals across three different countries including twice in London, has also rediscovered form this year, despite not managing to add to his 17 Grand Slams.
The Swiss all-time great is now up to number two in the world rankings, and is 11/8 favourite to win Group B and behind only Djokovic in the betting at 7/2 to claim the title. His head-to-head record with Murray stands at 11-11. Federer faces Raonic first, though, having beaten him in six out of their seven meetings, and is odds-on at 3/10 for victory again.
Group A begins on the Monday, with Wawrinka (evens for victory) and Berdych (8/11) up first. The Swiss number two has a 9/5 career record against the Czech, which is why his odds are all the more enticing. Australian Open winner Wawrinka is the 8/1 outsider to top the pool, with Berdych priced at 13/2.
Defending champion for the last two years Djokovic, though, is both the group (odds-on at 3/10) and tournament (8/11) favourite. The Serb holds a combined 41-5 win ratio over the rest of his pool, and will be pleased not to face Nishikori and Federer so soon, as he has 2-2 and 17-19 records respectively against them.
Djokovic faces US Open champion Cilic first, and is the overwhelming 1/9 odds-on favourite to beat him, as he has never lost to the Croat (5/1) in their 10 meetings.