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Rupert Wyman 9th Nov 2008 - 4:17

A perfect end to a great season for Murray?

The end of season ATP Shanghai Masters Cup begins on Sunday 9 November. The tournament will be played at the futuristic Qi Zhong Stadium in Shanghai.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga claimed the final place after clinching victory in the Paris Masters and now looks forward to a seven day showdown between the best available eight players in the world this year.

The Masters Cup line-up looks impressive this time around, although world number one Rafael Nadal has disappointingly withdrawn from the tournament. Nevertheless the other two members of the 'big three' Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are taking part and they are joined by the in-form Andy Murray while Nikolay Davydenko, Andy Roddick, Juan Martin del Potro and Tsonga are all capable of rising to the challenge.

Replacing Nadal in the tournament is Frenchman Gilles Simon, who finished in ninth place in the ATP race and has had a break-out season winning three titles.

The tournament is not a straight knockout format with the last four being decided after a group stage. The top two in each group will progress to the semi-finals and from there a knockout system is employed.

Nadal ended the season as world number one after an extremely successful year that saw him pick up Wimbledon and Roland Garros titles. However, with Nadal's absence, world number two Federer will look to take advantage and successfully defend his title that he won last year.

So the world number two could still prove to be the one to beat. Federer has won four of the last five tournaments and only needs one more title to equal the record for most titles of five, which is currently shared by Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl. Federer is the 6/4 favourite for this year's tournament.

Andy Murray is the man on the charge after reaching the US Open final and following it up with victories at the Madrid Masters and in St Petersburg. Murray can be backed at 3/1 to become the first British player to win the title since it originally took form back in 1970.

Serbian Djokovic is available at 4/1 with his Australian Open final opponent Tsonga a 13/2 shot. Juan Martin del Potro can be backed at 12/1, American Roddick is 14/1 and the outsiders are Davydenko at 20/1 and late call-up Simon at 33/1.

Throughout this great event William Hill will offer a range of markets for each match. And don't forget the betting doesn't stop when the matches start as our betlive service will be available on every match.





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