Djokovic To Edge Out Murray In The Battle For Number One In Paris

The battle for the world number one ranking goes down to the final week of the ATP Tour season as Andy Murray bids to overhaul Novak Djokovic at the BNP Paribas Masters. The pair are in opposing halves of the draw in Paris and it should make for an intriguing battle ahead of the ATP World Tour Finals in London which starts on 13th November...

  • Novak Djokovic is a three-time defending champion at the BNP Paribas Masters
  • Andy Murray has never won the Paribas Masters, although he did reach the final last year

31st October - 6th November OddsWon/LostBet
BNP Paribas Masters    
Tips Novak Djokovic to win outright    Best Bet @ 15 / 8  
Stan Wawrinka (each way) @ 14 / 1  

Murray Starts Favourite

The battle for places at the World Tour Finals is hotting up but Murray and Djokovic have already wrapped up their spots at the O2 Arena. Murray has been on a sensational run of form, winning his past fifteen matches in a row, and he will become the world number one if he wins the Paris Masters and Djokovic doesn't reach the final or if the Brit reaches the final and Djokovic doesn't make the semi-finals.

Murray is 7/4 (Bet Victor) to win the Paris crown for the first time in his career after losing to Djokovic in last year's final and he is in the bottom-half of the draw this week, along with 2014 runner-up Milos Raonic, as well as Kei Nishikori and 2008 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Djokovic Goes For Four In A Row

Djokovic is in the top-half of the draw as he bids to win the Paris Masters for a fourth year in succession. The Serb has been utterly dominant here over the years and he could finish the campaign as world number one for the fifth time in six years if he wins the title again and Murray fails to make the final.

Djokovic does have a 26-6 winning record in Paris and his recent downfall in form has perhaps been a little overplayed as he boasts a 59-7 record for the year. Question marks remain about a player who has admitted lacking motivation of late but the threat of being replaced at the head of the world rankings could be just the tonic to get him back on track.

Djokovic's record here is so impressive and he can be backed at a tempting 15/8 (BetVictor.com).

Stan The Man

Djokovic certainly doesn't have an easy task in his section of the draw as he is pencilled in to meet Stan Wawrinka in the semi-finals. The Serb has won their past six meetings on indoor hard courts but we will still have an each-way play with Wawrinka in case Djokovic does fall.

When he is tuned in, Wawrinka has shown that he has the game to prosper, not least when beating Djokovic at the final of the US Open. The Swiss reached the semi-finals in Paris in 2015, losing to Djokovic, and he is very backable at an each-way price of 14/1 (Sky Bet).

2016 BNP Paribas Masters Odds

Posted: Monday, 31st October 2016
Author: Chris Knight

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