Andy Murray is not expecting to make a strong start on the hard courts at the ATP World Tour Finals because he has been mainly practising on clay for the upcoming Davis Cup final.
The British number one will feature at the end-of-season tournament at London’s O2 Arena from this Sunday to Friday, before having to quickly switch his focus to helping Great Britain try and claim their first Davis Cup crown since 1936 at the end of November.
The problem facing Murray is that their final opponents Belgium have home advantage and opted to hold the final on clay in Ghent.
The Scot, who played a pivotal role in helping Great Britain reach their first Davis Cup final since 1978 thanks to their semi-final success against Australia in September, has placed priority on winning that event, so naturally his preparations for the ATP Finals have not been as focused as he would have liked.
Murray is not putting too much pressure on himself going to the O2 Arena, as he will have to get used to playing on a different surface in the opening games.
He said: “It’s important that I’m not too hard on myself and don’t just expect to play great tennis at the start of the O2 as soon as I switch back on to the hard courts.”
Great Britain are 1.30 to win the Davis Cup, while Belgium can be backed at 3.40. Murray is 11.00 to win the ATP World Tour Finals.