31st of October 2012 Author: Glo Wood
US Open champion Andy Murray says he is keen on winning this week's Paris Masters, even though the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals will kick off next Monday. On the other hand Roger Federer withdrew from Paris to prepare for the London showdown, but Murray is targeting back-to-back titles.
"I'm going to go for it this week and try and play well and have the best finish to the year possible," the Scot said. Murray will play Paul-Henri Mathieu on Wednesday and he is full of confgidence as he enters the final weeks of the season in much better shape than last year, when he was forced to withdraw from the Tour Finals through injury.
"I know how I felt at the end of last year," he said. "It was really tough for me to work all that time to get the chance to play at the O2 and not be able to finish the tournament. This year I want to make sure that come the start of that event, I'm 100% ready to go." This year is the first time there has not been a week's break between the Paris Masters and the Tour Finals, but Andy Murray says he is not worried about the busy schedule. "Paris to London is a one-hour flight or three hours on the train. That might change when the Tour Finals move to a different venue. Right now I don't think it's too much of an issue." The tournament is confirmed to remain in London until 2013 and there are reports suggesting a two-year extension will be announced shortly.
Andy Murray is not the favourite to win the Paris tournament according to the bookies, Bet365 have Novak Djokovic as favourite at 5/4, with Andy Murray priced at 15/8. As for the ATP World Tour finals, the top five favourites at Bet365 are as follows:
Novak Djokovic - 2/1
Andy Murray - 9/4
Roger Federer - 11/4
Juan Martin del Potro - 10/1
Tomas Berdych - 14/1
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