Andy Murray has finally done it!
After setting up camp at no. 2 and missing every opportunity to advance, the lanky Scot finally managed to pack his bags and make the move to no. 1 in the world. His big moment came in Paris, after he reached the finals and secured the 235 points needed to pass Novak Djokovic. It took him almost six years to bridge the gap between first and second, and he broke Djokovic’s 122-week streak in the process. Murray went on to win the Paris Masters against American John Isner (6-3, 6-2, 6-4).
Now, Murray will try to hold on to the number one spot at the ATP World Tour Finals, which will take place November 13-20 at the O2 Arena in London.
The tournament will feature the top-eight players in the world, who have been seeded and drawn into two groups: Group John McEnroe and Group Ivan Lendl.
Group John McEnroe
 Andy Murray (GBR)
 Stan Wawrinka (SUI)
 Kei Nishikori (JPN)
 Marin Cilic (CRO)
Group Ivan Lendl
 Novak Djokovic (SRB)
 Milos Raonic (CAN)
 Gael Monfils (FRA)
 Dominic Thiem (AUT)
The first stage of the tournament features a round-robin, wherein the player will face off against the other three in his group. The top two from each group will then advance to the semifinals.
As expected, the new no. 1 is the favorite. But Djokovic will be fighting to reclaim top spot. If Nole can reclaim the no. 1 ranking, it would be the fifth consecutive year he’s ended as the top player in the world (and his record-equalling sixth time overall).
Of course, London will be more than a battle between Murray and Djokovic. Stan Wawrinka has been out of form of late and Milos Raonic is battling a hand injury, but if they able to overcome those issues before the World Tour, they have a real chance of an upset win.
That said, Novak Djokovic is the reigning World Tour Champion and he’s hungry for his number one title back. You’re getting the best odds on Nole that you have in ages, and he’s on the slightly weaker side of the draw, in my view.
Pick: Novak Djokovic (11/8).
Odds to win 2016 ATP World Tour Finals:
Andy Murray: 5/4
Novak Djokovic: 11/8
Stan Wawrinka: 8/1
Milos Raonic: 16/1
Kei Nishikori: 20/1
Marin Cilic: 20/1
Gael Monfils: 33/1
Dominic Thiem: 33/1
Photo credit: “Andy Murray” by Ian Dick (Flickr) [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/].