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ATP World Tour Finals Preview

ATP World Tour Finals Preview

Since 1970, the ATP Tour have played a version of the World Tour Finals at the end of the season. For the last seven years this tournament has been held in London, and this November eight of the top ranked players in the world will compete for the title and over $2 million in prize money.
Andy Murray is the favourite heading into this year’s event. Keep reading for our 2016 ATP World Tour Finals preview.

Murray looking to end a superb season in style

Having spent 76 weeks as the second best player in men’s tennis, Andy Murray has finally become the first British man to sit at the top of the world rankings.
Murray finally overhauled Novak Djokovic at the Paris Masters, ending the Serb’s 28 month reign as world number one. The Scot is the 26th man to hold the top ranking and joins such greats as Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer, John McEnroe and Rafael Nadal.
Having won four tournaments in a row and 19 consecutive matches, Murray is the favourite for this year’s end-of-season showpiece despite the fact that he has never even reached the final of the tournament in seven previous attempts.
Djokovic has dominated this event in recent years and has won the last four titles at the O2. If the Serb remains unbeaten for this tournament and takes the title he will immediately return to the summit of men’s tennis, and so Murray has an extra incentive to play well in London.
Murray has the more difficult group, having been drawn against Stan Wawrinka, the dangerous Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori in the John McEnroe group. The world number one is the 5/4 favourite with Djokovic available at 11/8.

Absence of big stars means value in outsiders

For the first time since 2001, Roger Federer will miss the end of season tournament and with Rafael Nadal also missing as he recovers from injury, there is an unfamiliar feel to this year’s line up. World number ten Tomas Berdych is also absent – the first time the Czech hasn’t featured at the O2 since 2009.
It’s hard to look beyond the ‘big two’ in London, but Stan Wawrinka has long been the ‘best of the rest’ and the 31 year old has a decent record at this event. In his last three visits he has emerged from the group stage every time, losing in the semi-final for three straight years. He looked out of sorts in defeat to a German qualifier in Paris last week but could be a decent each-way bet at 10/1 here.
Milos Raonic has enjoyed his best year to date, reaching the Wimbledon final and the semi-finals in Australia. The Canadian has been really consistent in the big ATP events this year, reaching the last eight in all but two of the Masters 1000 tournaments and the big server is now up to fourth in the world rankings.
There may be a slight concern about the injury that forced him out of the Paris Masters and he did lose in the round robin stage in London on his one previous appearance. He is 20/1 to win in London.
There are two debutants at the showpiece event this year. Gael Monfils has enjoyed his best ever year at the age of 30 having reached the semi-finals of the US Open and the Frenchman is joined in the draw by Dominic Thiem, the young Austrian who has benefited from Nadal’s absence to qualify.
Monfils is a 18/1 chance while you can back Thiem at 25/1, the same price as former US Open champion Marin Cilic. Previous London semi-finalist Kei Nishikori completes the line-up.

 

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