World No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat out Stan Wawrinka to advance into the 2015 ATP BNP Paribas Masters final, where he’ll face World No. 3 Andy Murray, who saw off David Ferrer. Djokovic is riding a 21 match win streak that Murray will look to halt and record his second win this season over Djokovic, having beaten the Serb in the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal. But Djokovic has defeated the Scot on five other occasions this season, most recently in the 2015 Shanghai semifinals. According to the Murray vs Djokovic 2015 ATP BNP Paribas Masters Final Odds at Bodog Tennis, Djokovic is favored at -385 over the slight underdog Murray (+310). Here is our Murray vs Djokovic 2015 ATP BNP Paribas Masters Final prediction.
Djokovic defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 in one hour and 51 minutes. Djokovic will contest his 14th tour-level final in a row – an Open Era record. He has not failed to reach the title match at a tournament since the very first week of the season, when he was beaten in the Doha quarter-finals by Ivo Karlovic.
“It’s always a special kind of challenge because we have the rivalry that goes back for a long time,” said Djokovic. “We played just recently in Shanghai. I played one of my best matches against him. I’m hoping I can play as well as I did there. But I’m sure that he’s going to try to do something different.
Djokovic heads into the final riding on a 21-match winning streak, dating back to the Cincinnati title match on 23 August, when he was beaten by Roger Federer.
Andy Murray reached the Paris Masters final for the first time with a 6-4 6-3 win over Spain’s David Ferrer. Murray won the last five games of the match to seal victory in one hour 35 minutes.
The Scotsman said: “I played aggressive tennis and was particularly successful at the net.” Murray has made a habit of starting quickly in Paris this week and has broken his opponent’s first service game for the fourth successive match.
Overall, Djokovic owns a 20-9 edge in rivalry.
The Bottom Line: if Murray doesn’t take the first set then it’s over for him. Djokovic is too strong after taking the first set.