Andy Murray will look to make the final in London for the first time. Image courtesy of sportsmole.co.uk/PA Photos
For the seventh time this year, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic will slug it out when they step on the court in London at the ATP World Tour Finals. The Serb squared the ledger for the year when he won a three-set thriller in the Shanghai Masters final, but that was after Murray had defeated him in both the London Olympics semi-final and the US Open decider.
In his first match in his home country since breaking Great Britain’s long-standing Grand Slam drought, Murray battled home in three sets against Tomas Berdych in the opening Group A match. The Scot’s has failed to progress past the semis in four previous tilts at the ATP World Tour Finals, and his form coming in to this tournament isn’t great, after a first round loss to unheralded Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz at the Paris Masters.
Djokovic returned to the top of the world rankings this week, and he celebrated by beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets to kickstart his tournament on Tuesday morning (AEDT). He also suffered a surprise loss in Paris, going down to big-serving American Sam Querrey, which was his first loss indoors in 2012. Djokovic won this tournament in 2008 when it was played in Shanghai, but hasn’t made the final since it moved to London in 2009.
The other Group A match has Berdych going up against Tsonga , with the loser to drop out of contention for the semis. The Czech world No. 6 has won both their encounters so far in 2012, which have both been played in the past month.
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