Despite losing to arch-rival Novak Djokovic in three sets in the Qatar Open final at the weekend, his first defeat since the US Open quarter-finals in September, Andy Murray has actually strengthened his grip at the top of the world rankings because of the way the said rankings work. The newly-honoured Scot didn’t play in Doha last year whereas Djokovic did so he has more ranking points at this stage of the season than he did last year by virtue of reaching the final. Djokovic’s victory was an indicator that the Serb wants to be top of the pile again as soon as possible and we can expect more battles between the pair, who looks streets ahead of the rest, in the coming 12 months.
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Andy Murray is 11/10 with the Dublin firm to be world number one at the end of 2017 and Evens to finish second in the world rankings. He is 11/4 to record Exactly Two Grand Slam wins and 11/8 to win Exactly One Grand Slam. Odds of 2/1 are on offer for the Scot to fail to add to his Grand Slam tally this year. Skybet make Murray 1/3 to simply win any Grand Slam in the next 12 months and he is currently 13/8 with Paddy Power to win the Australian Open for the first time this year – the 29-year-old has been a beaten finalist five times in Melbourne. Novak Djokovic is a best 1/6 with Skybet to win at least one Grand Slam this year – he’s not failed to do that since 2010.