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No surprises for Djokovic and Murray in World Tour Final openers

| 20.11.2011

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic both get their World Tour Final campaigns underway on Monday, and it could be the four-time Grand Slam winner who is kept on court the longest…

Andy Murray v David Ferrer

David Ferrer has actually gone one better than Andy Murray before and made it to the final of the ATP World Tour Final, but the Brit should justify odds of 1/6 on him opening the tournament with a victory for the fourth year in a row.

When it comes to head-to-head encounters between these two, it’s a tale of two surfaces, with Ferrer winning all three on clay and Murray all five on hard courts, including a 6-2 6-2 stroll this time last year at the O2 Arena.

In fact, he has dropped only one set over the course of those meetings and given that his opponent didn’t take one in any of his three matches in the 2010 edition, Murray has to be fancied to deliver in straight sets again at 8/15.

Novak Djokovic v Tomas Berdych

Like Murray and Ferrer, these two clashed 12 months ago with Djokovic triumphing 2-0, however a dip in form and fitness problems since winning the US Open has left nobody too sure what to expect of the world number one in London.

A 7-1 record against his Wimbledon 2010 conqueror, featuring five straight wins (in two of which the Czech player retired from a losing position) certainly vindicates odds of 2/5, but the latest might not be as emphatic as several of the others.

Four of Djokovic’s six matches at his last two tournaments in Basel and Paris went the distance and it is therefore the Djokovic 2-1 set bet at 13/5 that looks more appetising than the 11/10 on 2-0.

Odds of 9/2 are available on a double of Murray 2-0 and Djokovic 2-1



Richard Anderson