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Andy Murray favours Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals

2016 ATP Finals champion Andy Murray picks Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to feature in this year’s final. 

Murray thinks Novak Djokovic will battle past Dominic Thiem in the first of the two semi-finals and will face his familiar foe Rafael Nadal in the final.

Speaking in a Twitch chat with French star Gael Monfils, Andy Murray believes Djokovic took a step up in his victory against Zverev following his earlier defeat to Medvedev.

“From what I saw the intensity was different. After the match with Medvedev it became a straight knockout and he [Djokovic] was going to put everything into that match.

“I’m hoping he [Djokovic] carries that into the knockout stages. For me, he’s still the favourite for the event.”

The Brit has said that he expects the match between Nadal and Medvedev to be hotly contested, but believes Rafael Nadal will prevail in his bid to win his maiden ATP Finals title.

“I think this is a very close match. For me, either of them are a good pick for this match. It could go either way.

“It’s funny how tennis works. A few weeks ago you probably would have taken Rafa and then two weeks later that changes based on Paris and how Daniil has played so far this week.

“I think I’ve got to take Rafa. I think I need to take Rafa in that match. I could say Daniil but I do think it’s a close match and I’ve seen Rafa win many matches over the year in these sorts of tournaments.

“Like I said at the beginning of the week, I think he’s [Nadal] very motivated to win the tournament and he played well, maybe not as well in the first two matches but he deserved to win against Stefanos [Tsitsipas].”

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