ATP World Tour Finals: Novak Djokovic will return to form – Andy Murray
|ATP World Tour Finals|
|Venue: O2 Arena, London | Date: 13-20 November|
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Andy Murray expects Novak Djokovic to “start playing his best tennis again” soon as they prepare to compete for the world number one spot.
Britain’s Murray overtook Djokovic in the rankings on Monday and needs to match his results at next week’s ATP World Tour Finals to end 2016 on top.
However, the Serb has won the past four titles at London’s O2 Arena.
“There’s no reason to think he won’t have a really good tournament,” said 29-year-old Murray.
Djokovic’s form has been the subject of much debate in recent months, with just one tournament win since June and early exits at Wimbledon and the Olympics.
But Murray said: “Before then he’d been playing great, so for him not play his best tennis for a couple of months, I’m sure it’s not too much to worry about.
“I’d imagine shortly he’ll be back to playing his best tennis.”
Andy Murray received his world number one trophy on Thursday
Djokovic, 29, will open against Austria’s Dominic Thiem on Sunday, before Murray plays Croatia’s Marin Cilic in his first group match on Monday.
The Scot has lost just three matches since he last played Djokovic in June, when the Serb completed the career Grand Slam by winning the French Open.
Murray’s spectacular run of form culminated in a first Paris Masters win on Sunday and the number one ranking for the first time on Monday.
“It feels good, obviously, but I don’t feel any different this week than I did the week before,” he said.
“Maybe when you step on the court you have a little bit more confidence and feel a little bit better about yourself when you’re hitting balls. But I didn’t feel much different when I woke up on Monday morning. I felt just the same.”
On his indifferent form, Djokovic said: “The high standard of results and success that I’ve had the last couple of years probably has taken its toll.
“I didn’t get to recover as fast after the French Open to be ready to compete on the highest level after that.
“All in all it was a very good year that I’m proud of. I’m here in London to try to crown this year with the best possible result.”
SOURCE: The Bloomgist/BBC/Barclays ATP