ATP Tour Finals 2014
This entry was posted on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
Scot Murray in Away Fixture
He may have lost the independence vote, but Andy Murray’s hot streak means he may fancy his chances of pissing off the English another time, at the round-robin end-of-season ATP Tour Finals. Novak Djokovic starts as favourite to win Group A, ahead of Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic. Group B aka the ‘Group of Death’ contains Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic.
The World number 1 should breeze through his group, having only lost five out of a combined 52 career matches against his three opponents. Indeed, US Open Champion Cilic has never beaten the Serb at all, although he has taken a set in their last three encounters, and should just nudge the runner-up berth ahead of Berdych, whom he has taken care of twice in majors this season. Keep an eye on Cilic’s rumoured arm injury however. Stan Wawrinka meanwhile, goes into the event in wretched form and it is hard to see him having a big impact at the O2.
With Federer expected to win Group B, focus will naturally be on Andy Murray finishing second, yet he has only won twice against the top five in 2014. In addition, whereas SW19 tends to bring out the best in the Scot, he fares less well in SE10, having never got past the semi-finals. He is undoubtedly however, a man in form. Milos Raonic tends to fold under pressure whilst Nishikori has fitness concerns, so Muzza should reach the last four, and a heavy defeat by Novak.
The betting suggests Fed and Novak will compete in the final. And lets hope we witness a repeat of the epic Wimbledon final just four months ago, and a different outcome – Federer victory – is a nice 5.1 with our good friends at Betfair.