Andy Murray is set to face another installment of his enduring rivalry with Novak Djokovic after the pair were drawn together in Group A at the ATP World Tour Finals.
The US Open champion could end his 2012 season with a bang in London if he can win the tournament, at which he is currently priced at 5/2 to do.
While everyone knows it has been a vintage year for the Scot, it is worth recapping just what the eternally criticised Britain achieved.
The 25-year-old reached his first Wimbledon final, but put defeat to Roger Federer behind him when he beat the Swiss weeks later to earn Olympic gold for Team GB at London 2012.
Murray also won gold with Laura Robson in the Olympics mixed doubles competition, before crowing a superb season with a maiden grand slam title at Flushing Meadows.
Whilst Rafael Nadal’s injury cannot be ignored as a factor for Murray’s recent triumphs, he did overcome Djokovic and Federer in two high-profile encounters to earn his glories.
Coming into the ATP Tour Finals, the Scot is not in particularly fine form, but then neither was he before the US Open championship where everything changed for the big-server.
Murray lost to unheralded Jeremy Chardy in the third round of the ATP Western & Southern Open a week before going all the way in New York with eight straight victories leading to major success.
And he warmed up for London’s end-of-year showdown with a similarly forgettable defeat to Jerzy Janowicz at the ATP BNP Paribas Masters.
If that is a sign of things to come then Murray fans will not be worried about his lacklustre performance in Paris, but hoping lightening can strike twice in three months.
Djokovic is the ATP Tour Finals favourite at 15/8, and perhaps crucially he stands in Murray’s way early with the two having been placed in the same group.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is also in that group and offers a threat at 18/1, while Murray’s first opponent Tomáš Berdych is a touch closer at 14/1.
In the easier of the two groups lies Roger Federer with odds of 11/4 to finish with a flourish in the capital, while Juan Martín del Potro wrapped up his first grand slam years before Murray and can be backed at 7/1 to win here.
A partisan home crowd will spur on the home player as he looks to end a golden year on a high, although the Glaswegian-born star can rest assured the hard work has already been done in 2012.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.