ATP Finals are just around the corner as the world awaits with bated breath to see whether Andy Murray will uphold his status as the World No. 1 or if Novak Djokovic will reclaim the title. The ATP Finals will take place on November 13-20, 2016 in London, Great Britain.
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Andy Murray of Great Britain, Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland, Milos Raonic of Canada, Kei Nishikori of Japan, Gael Monfils of France, Marin Cilic of Croatia, Dominic Thiem of Austria pose for a picture outside the Cutty Sark on November 10, 2016 in London, England. The world's best eight singles players gather at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Official Launch, presented by Moet & Chandon. The ATP's season finale takes place from 13-20 November at The O2, London. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Who will take the year-end World No. 1?
For the first time in his career, Murray enters the ATP Finals as the top seed, putting Djokovic in an unfamiliar position. If Murray does end the season as the top dog, this will be his best season yet after having won 8 titles that include Wimbledon Championships and an Olympic gold medal.
This doesn’t mean that Djokovic had a bad season. He won 7 titles in 2016 including Australian Open and French Open. He did, however, have a letdown after his French Open win, where he completed a Career Grand Slam, which is not an easy feat.
Stan Wawrinka will try to deny Murray or Djokovic from claiming the ATP Finals trophy. Wawrinka defeated Djokovic at the 2016 U.S. Open final, adding to his 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French Open, where he defeated Rafael Nadal and Djokovic respectively.
Day 1 match-up:
2nd seed Djokovic opens his campaign against Dominic Thiem. Djokovic is 3-0 in their head-to-head. Their last encounter was at Roland Garros, where Djokovic won their semifinal contest in straight sets 6-6, 6-1, 6-4 on his way to lifting the French Open trophy.
4th seed Milos Raonic plays 6th seed Gael Monfils. Raonic trails 2-3 in their head-to-head. They last played in Raonic’s home soil at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada, where Monfils won their quarterfinal match 6-4, 6-4.
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