Murray wins World Tour Finals to end 2016 as number one

Murray wins World Tour Finals to end 2016 as number one

Andy Murray will end 2016 as the number-one player in men’s tennis after emphatically coming out on top in his much-hyped duel with Novak Djokovic to win the ATP World Tour Finals for the first time.

The Briton produced a scintillating performance on Sunday, befitting of the best player in the world, to triumph 6-3 6-4 and delight the majority of the spectators packed into a sold-out O2 Arena in London.

In extending his personal-record winning streak to a remarkable 24 matches, Murray claimed his fifth title in succession and denied Djokovic a fifth consecutive triumph in the season-ending tournament.

What is more, Murray was able to win relatively comfortably against the man he first replaced at the top of the rankings in Paris a fortnight ago, with a strangely subdued Djokovic undermined by a host of unforced backhand errors.

When the two players last met at Roland Garros in June, victory for Djokovic saw the Serbian complete a career Grand Slam – his position as world number one seemingly more secure than ever before.

However, less than six months on from that meeting, Djokovic has been dethroned by a rival reaching rare heights.

There was a brief wobble from Murray, who saved a match point in his epic semi-final win over Milos Raonic, after he had claimed a double-break to lead 4-1 in set two.

Djokovic’s late rally proved in vain, though, and he faces the task of playing catch-up at the start of 2017, with Murray having cemented his new-found status as the man to beat.

Murray’s route to the final this week featured the two longest matches in World Tour Finals history, his clash with Raonic lasting three hours and 38 minutes.

Djokovic, by contrast, needed just over an hour to thrash Kei Nishikori in the last four, so it was perhaps no surprise that the 12-time grand slam winner started the brighter.

Two love holds represented an ominous start from Djokovic, but Murray was soon dictating terms, the latter’s aggression and ability to vary his angle of attack a significant factor.

As the reigning champion became increasingly erratic, particularly on the backhand wing, Murray reeled off four games in succession to take the opening set and claim a break at the start of the second.

Another break put the top seed firmly in control and, although Djokovic reduced his deficit, Murray held his nerve amid increasing tension to convert his third championship point – a wayward forehand return from his opponent bringing proceedings to an end.


Murray [1] bt Djokovic [2] 6-3 6-4

Murray – 13/15
Djokovic – 13/30

Murray – 3
Djokovic – 1

Murray – 3/9
Djokovic – 1/1

Murray – 54
Djokovic – 72

Murray – 84/48
Djokovic – 59/65

Murray – 64
Djokovic – 56

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