Murray Beats Djokovic to Win World Tour Finals, Ends 2016 as Number One

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates with the ATP Tour Trophy following his victory during the Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the O2 Arena on November 20, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates with the ATP Tour Trophy following his victory during the Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the O2 Arena on November 20, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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.Wimbledon

 

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