Stan Is The Man For The ATP World Tour Finals

The season-ending ATP World Tour Finals take centre stage at the O2 Arena in London from Sunday and all eyes will be on Andy Murray as he bids to hold on to his world number one ranking from Novak Djokovic. Murray needs to at least match Djokovic's performance to stay on top of the world but we fancy that there could be a few upsets and there is each-way value to be found in the field...

  • Novak Djokovic is bidding to win the ATP World Tour Finals for a fifth year running
  • Andy Murray has an 8-10 win-loss record at the O2 Arena
  • Stan Wawrinka has reached the semi-finals of the O2 during each of the previous three years

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Tips Stan Wawrinka (each way)    Best Bet @ 11 / 1  

The John McEnroe Group

After securing the world number one ranking in Paris, Murray might have expected a kind draw in London but it could barely be more difficult for him as he is in the John McEnroe Group with Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori, with the top-two from the group going through to the knockout stages.

Murray has a winning record against all three of those opponents but he has suffered recent defeats against them and the 29-year-old, who has won 46 of his 49 matches since the French Open final, has a poor record at the O2.

Murray has won just eight of his eighteen previous matches at the ATP World Tour Finals and he makes little appeal at 11/8 this week (Betfair).

Nishikori beat Murray in the quarter-finals of the US Open earlier this year and he is 22/1 (Betfred), albeit he lost all three of his matches at the O2 last year.

Former US Open winner, Cilic, has hit upon a purple patch of form, which included a victory over Murray in Cincinnati in August, as well as a very first success against Djokovic in Paris. There are rumours that the courts could be quicker in London this year and that should suit the big-serving Croatian, who can be backed at a tempting 22/1 (Betfred).

Stan The Man

The one issue for Cilic is that he still has the Davis Cup Final to come and Andy Murray knows how much of a distraction that can be as he struggled badly here twelve months ago.

With that in mind, it is Stan Wawrinka who catches our eyes as the world number three has reached the semi-finals of the O2 for each of the past three years and he is a player who so often produces his best out of nowhere. The US Open champion flopped in Paris last time out but there is every chance he was looking ahead to London, where the US Open champion can be backed at 11/1 (Coral).

The Swiss star has won three of his last four meetings with Murray and hasn't lost to the Brit on hard courts since 2012 - he could be the fly in the ointment for the current world number one.

The Ivan Lendl Group

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic couldn't have asked for a much easier task as he bids to take his world number one ranking back and the five-time ATP World Tour Finals winner boasts a 23-0 winning record against the players in his group.

Djokovic is bidding to win the O2 title for a fifth year in succession and he is 6/4 to do just that (Betfair), although that price looks far too skinny for a player who has been very poor by his own high standards since winning the French Open.

Milos Raonic (33/1) could yet withdraw from the World Tour Finals with injury for a second year running and is likely to be replaced by David Goffin after Tomas Berdych declined the opportunity to be first reserve (Goffin has lost all four previous meetings with Djokovic).

Gael Monfils (33/1) has also been struggling with injury, while the up-and-coming Dominic Thiem (50/1) has looked to be running on empty following a gruelling year on the tour.

2016 ATP World Tour Finals Odds

Posted: Friday, 11th November 2016
Author: Chris Knight

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