ATP World Tour Finals betting preview
The 2016 ATP World Tour Finals is about to take place, with Novak Djokovic the four-time defending champion although the Serbian will head to London without the tag of world number one.
Djokovic has hit the buffers after a flying start to 2016 and his early exit in the Paris Masters coupled with Andy Murray’s triumph in that tournament means that it’s the latter who is now top of the tree.
Murray has been playing superlative tennis in the past few weeks and can bask in the glow of being the world’s best for the remainder of the year, with all the hard work reaping dividends in the form of a world number one title along with Wimbledon and the Olympics this year.
The Brit is a 2.25 chance with bet365 to win the ATP World Tour Finals and he’s sure to enjoy a rapturous reception from the home crowd who flock to the O2, with Murray motivated to deliver a high-class performance.
As number one seed, Murray will face the third, fifth and seventh seeds who are Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic. Some tough matches on paper, although none of them will relish facing the in-form Murray.
Over in the other group is Djokovic who will be up against Dominic Thiem, Gael Monfils and Milos Raonic. It appears as though the number two seed will still be out to prove he’s the best in the world and the bookies find it hard to split him and Murray in the outright betting.
Unibet have 2.50 about Djokovic winning in London and it’s a tournament where has thrived in the past, although we shouldn’t make this a two-horse race.
Cilic beat Djokovic in Paris and the Croatian looks a big price at 19.00 (William Hill ) to finish the year on a high, with the talented Wawrinka having the sort of game that could make a mockery of the 11.00 quoted about the Swiss.
It will be strange to have a tournament like this that doesn’t involve either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, with the changing of the guard suggesting that there are new kids on the block who will fill their places.
Raonic is among those with bundles of ability and the Canadian is a 21.00 shot with Ladbrokes to win the World Tour Finals after a strong year that saw him reach the final.
However, many neutrals will be hoping to see Murray and Djokovic meet in the final, with bet365 offering 4.00 that Murray beats his arch-rival when the two meet in the showdown.