World Tour Finals 2016: Murray vs. Djokovic for #1

Many cliches could be used for describing this match, and believe me they work.  The trophy and number one ranking are going to go to the winner.  Novak Djokovic can tie Roger Federer’s all-time record of 6 year ending titles.  Andy Murray would claim his first World Tour Final title with a win tomorrow.  So what do I think will happen?

First, I love Djokovic-Murray matches because they will face-off in a lot of physically draining points.  That sort of physical tennis will be somewhat tempered by a controlled climate and a fast enough surface to allow for quick points off of big serves.  I expect to see a fair share of 1-2 punch points in which the server hurts the returner and then puts the ball away.  Each player knows the strengths of the other and what to expect.

Second, I think Murray will be happy with his crowd support.  It could be a Davis Cup type atmosphere.  Murray beat Djokovic at Wimbledon in 2013 when the crowd was squarely behind its Scottish hope.

Third, I think nearly every other factor is in Djokovic’s favor.  Novak had a quick semifinal match.  Djokovic has already finished 4 years ranked #1 and won 5 World Tour Finals titles.  Djokovic has played less tennis in recent weeks as well.  He can peak for this match and seal up the #1 ranking rather than having to play undefeated tennis after the US Open to be in this position.  Djokovic’s form has gotten better in London whereas Murray had a few near misses.

My Prediction: Novak Djokovic d. Andy Murray 7-6, 6-3

One cliche and the worst looking King Kong in movie history


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