These two rivals are the favourites to win this tournament although neither played particularly well in last week’s BNP Paribas Masters and were both victims of surprise defeats after racing into a one-set lead.
Djokovic has not been able to attain the incredible heights of 2011 and his sole Grand Slam success was the Australian Open although the Serbian could still be the player to beat at the O2 Arena this week and can be backed at a best price 9/4 (Coral free bets) to go all the way.
The Djoker has a better head-to-head record against every player in the ATP World Tour Finals with the exception of Roger Federer who sat out the Paris Masters with apparent fatigue and a desire to demonstrate why he has recently regained his number one spot.
The Swiss has had something of a renaissance year, especially after winning his first Grand Slam for two-and-a-half years when winning Wimbledon last summer and he returns to London hoping to show there is life in the old dog yet. Federer can be backed at 3/1 (Sky Bet bookmaker) to go all the way in this tournament.
As for Andy Murray, he can count on a vocal and passionate home crowd which inspired him to an Olympic gold and silver medal at Wimbledon a few months ago, while he ran Federer desperately close a few weeks earlier at SW19 and clearly enjoys playing on a hard court surface as his US Open victory will testify.
How sweet it would be for the Brit to win this tournament and sign off in style for 2012, with the odds no bigger than 13/5 about that happening. Murray actually has a superior head-to-head record against Federer although that’s not the case with Djokovic or Tomas Berdych who is among the outsiders for this tournament.
David Ferrer was the winner of last week’s Paris Masters and the Spaniard will now carry some momentum into this competition, with odds of 25/1 that he’s able to claim victory in this tournament although he can expect a much tougher challenge from the likes of Murray and Djokovic who clearly weren’t 100% last week.