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Number one ranking on the line at the ATP World Tour Finals

Sun, Nov 13, 11:24am by Jake Equid

The season-ending ATP World Tour Finals begins in London early on Monday morning AEDT. This is the first time since the 1974 Masters in Melbourne the year-end championship features eight players from eight different countries.

New world number one Andy Murray is $2.25 to win this tournament which will ensure he finishes the season as the top player in the ATP Rankings for the first time. Reigning four-time champion Novak Djokovic is second favourite at $2.37 and is attempting to regain the top spot and end the year number one for the third season in a row and fifth in six years.

This is the eighth year the season finale is being held at London’s O2 Arena and this will be the third time in the past four years the year-end number one player will be determined in the British capital.

After ending Djokovic’s 122 consecutive-week stay on top in men’s tennis, Murray finds himself in a fight with the Serb for the coveted year-end number one ATP Ranking.

Djokovic is looking to take that honour for the fifth time in the past six years while Murray is looking to become just the fourth player since 2004 and 17th overall to finish the season in pole position.

There are several scenarios that could see either player finish the year with the world’s top ranking. But both have destiny in their own hands. Murray will finish number one if he wins the title regardless of how many of his three group stage matches he wins.

To guarantee a number one finish, Djokovic must win two group stage matches and take the title to upstage Murray. The last time the number one ranking changed hands in the season finale was in 2001 Sydney as Lleyton Hewitt overcame Gustavo Kuerten to finish with the world’s top ranking.

For the past 12 years, the year-end top spot in the ATP Rankings has been held by one of three players – Djokovic, Federer or Nadal. Federer finished number one for five years (2004-07, ’09), Djokovic four years (2011-12, 2014-15) and Nadal three years (2008, 2010, 2013).

No other trio in the history of the ATP Rankings (since 1973) has held number one for 12 straight years. Murray is trying to become the first player other than this trio to finish number one since Andy Roddick in 2003.

The first match is Novak Djokovic ($1.13) who faces Dominic Thiem ($6.05) at 1:05am on Monday AEDT.

Best Bet: Murray to win: $2.25

Sportsbet Market – ATP World Tour Finals Outright Betting

A Murray $2.25

N Djokovic $2.37

S Wawrinka $11.00

K Nishikori $17.00

G Monfils $19.00

M Raonic $21.00

M Cilic $23.00

D Thiem $26.00

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