Murray ready for triumphant homecoming

Sat Nov 3, 2012 4:19pm EDT
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By Josh Reich

(Reuters) - When Andy Murray steps out on court to face Tomas Berdych in his first match at the ATP World Tour Finals on Monday the expectation he usually shoulders will weigh a little less.

The season-ending event will be the London-based Scot's first tournament on home soil after he finally made his major breakthrough by winning the U.S. Open in September, beating Novak Djokovic in an epic final.

The 25-year-old ended 76-years of British hurt by downing Djokovic at Flushing Meadows and he will be guaranteed a raptuous reception at London's O2 Arena, the final stop on another year of dominance for the game's big guns.

Djokovic, guaranteed to end the year as world number one for the second time, has been drawn to face Murray in Group A which also features dangerous Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

With Rafa Nadal absent injured, Wimbledon champion Roger Federer heads Group B which also contains David Ferrer, Juan Martin del Potro and Janko Tipsarevic.

All eyes will be on Murray though as he aims to complete a magnificent treble, having also taken Olympic gold in London.

"I'm sure it will (be a great reception)," Murray told reporters on Saturday after the draw. "I will have to wait and see what's it's like when it does happen.

"It will obviously be nice."   Continued...

Andy Murray of Britain hits a return to Poland's Jerzy Janowicz during the Paris Masters tennis tournament November 1, 2012. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier