Stars set to shine in London


It’s all eyes on London from Sunday as the ATP World Tour Finals take place at the O2 Arena.

Reigning champion Andy Murray and the man he beat in last year’s final, Novak Djokovic, may well be absent but there is still a stellar cast of characters set to take the stage.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal naturally lead the betting at 2/3 and 7/2 respectively and have been kept apart in the draw. The veteran duo shared the four Grand Slams and look the ones to beat.

Nadal’s fitness worries could derail his hopes but, having won all four of their meetings this season, Federer will not be afraid if they meet in the knockout rounds.

Of the two groups, the Pete Sampras pool involving Nadal looks the more generous, with Grigor Dimitrov, Dominic Thiem and David Goffin also in it.

Dimitrov came of age by winning in Cincinnati and recently reached the semi-finals in Stockholm.

Goffin also looks decent at 18/1 following recent wins in Shenzhen and Tokyo although the same cannot be said for 22/1 shot Thiem who has dropped off massively.

Boris Becker lends his name to the other group that will see Federer take on Marin Cilic, Alexander Zverev and Jack Sock.

Cilic’s headline moment this year came when he lost to Federer in the Wimbledon final and he could be the real dark horse at 11/1, having made the quarter-finals or better in his last four tournaments.

Form-wise, Sock heads to London in really good shape after qualifying on the back of his victory at the Paris Masters. The American is much improved this year and could cause a real surprise at 20/1.

Finally, big things are expected of world number three Zverev and a Finals win would truly announce his arrival. However, 8/1 seems a bit short for a player who has struggled since the summer.

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