Andy Murray is getting set for a must-win battle against Milos Raonic on Tuesday night if he is to have any chance of going on to win the ATP World Tour Finals in London.
Having enjoyed a stellar end of the 2014 to earn qualification for the tournament at the O2 Arena, the Scot started in a disappointing manner with a straight-sets defeat to the Japanese star Kei Nishikori on Sunday.
Murray is now preparing to face the Canadian Raonic, who has proved a tough opponent in the past, with the British number one losing in three of the last four previous meetings between the pair.
The two-time Grand Slam champion knows he will have to raise his game to see off Raonic before taking on former world number one Roger Federer.
Murray said: “It’s harder to qualify when you lose your first match. That’s pretty obvious. But unlike the other events, you still have a chance to go through.
“Now I need to win my next two matches more than likely and win them well if I want to go through.
“That’s going to be tricky because Milos obviously played fantastic last week in Paris, and Roger always plays well at this event. So I’m definitely going to have to play better if I want to get through.”
Murray is 1.56 to come out on top against Raonic and 2.47 to lose to the Canadian on Tuesday night.