Andy Murray competes at the ATP World Tour Finals as the top-ranked player for the first time in his career.
The tennis star won the Paris Masters last week to topple Novak Djokovic as the World No 1.
Now, Murray must prove himself to be the best in the ATP World Tour Finals in London this week.
Eight of the world’s best players will compete for the trophy and the €1.41million winner’s cheque.
Here are the best bets for the World Tour Finals…
Andy Murray To Win
Andy Murray is in the form of his life. The Scot won Wimbledon for the second time this summer and defended his gold medal in Brazil. Since the US Open he has won four straight tournaments, in Beijing, Shanghai, Vienna and most recently Paris. Murray is in near-unstoppable form on the hard courts and is 2.20 favourite to win the ATP Finals.
Murray is drawn in Group A alongside Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic. These three opponents are part of the new breed of players on the men’s tour to push the top dogs for titles. However, Murray has winning records against all three opponents and is expected to finish top of his group.
It’s Murray v Cilic first up and Murray boasts a 11-3 head to head record over the Bosnian. Even though Cilic won their most recent meeting 6-4 7-5 in Cincinnati, Murray is still a good bet at 1.23 to win.
Novak Djokovic To Hit Back
There is no Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer in the ATP WorldTour Finals. So if you’re seeking a man with pedigree in this tournament then back Novak Djokovic to win at 2.50. Djokovic heads Group B, with Milos Raonic, Gael Monfils and Dominic Thiem joining him.
Djokovic v Thiem is first up for the Serb and he is 1.12 to win. With odds that slim he’s hardly worth backing unless you place Djokovic in a combination bet. Djokovic boast a 3-0 record against Thiem and is expected to win with ease.
Were he to top Group A then Djokovic is projected to meet Wawrinka in the semi-finals. Djokovic holds a 21-5 record over Wawrinka but the Swiss beat the former World No 1 6-7 6-4 7-5 6-3 to win the US Open this summer. Wawrinka is a good bet at 14.00 to win this tournament in London.
Wawrinka V Nishikori
Wawrinka v Nishikori is the other opening match of Group A and promises to be a fascinating encounter. Wawrinka suffered a shock exit to German Jan-Lennard Struff in his first match at the Paris Masters and also struggled in recent outings in Shanghai and Basel. In fact, he lost his only final appearance since winning the US Open when he was downed 6-2 3-6 7-5 to Germany’s Alexander Zverev.
Nishikori has not had much success either in recent weeks. He reached the Basel final — only to lose to Cilic in two sets — and also made the semis in the USA, only to lose to Wawrinka. A gruelling three-set defeat to Jo Wilfried-Tsonga in Paris last week was particularly galling for the World No 5.
Wawrinka holds the upper hand over Nishikori with a 4-2 winning record. But these guys have alternated wins against each other in their last four meetings. Nishikori will look to his 7-6 6-1 demolition of Wawrinka in Canada this year as proof that he can hit the Swiss with a sucker punch early on. Backing Nishikori at 1.80 is a reasonable bet.