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Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic to win ATP World Tour Finals and remain world No. 1

Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win the ATP World Tour Finals and to be crowned as the year-ending world No. 1.

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The Brit blew the out-of-sorts Serb out of the water with his aggressive tennis and never relinquished control once in front in a 6-3 6-4 triumph to extended his winning streak to 24 matches.

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There was plenty on the line for both Murray and Djokovic, with the world No. 1 spot and a cool $1,130,000 dollars as well as the title up for grabs.

It was the first time two players contested the world No.1 ranking in the final match of the season and the pair had different aims from finishing in that position.

Murray has become 17th man in the history of the rankings to finish the year at No. 1, while Djokovic missed out on becoming only the fourth person to have ended the year on top five times or more.

Both men had won all their matches at the O2 heading into the final, although Murray had spent an extra three hours and 24 minutes on court in comparison to his opponent.

Murray had also lost three of the four meetings between the pair in 2016, including the Australian Open and Roland Garros finals, and would hope to shake off the recent stranglehold the Serb had had over him in their matches.

Indeed, the Scot had not faced Djokovic once in the incredible months that followed the French Open final and saw him rise to the top of the rankings.

But Murray’s superiority in the past six months has been evident and so it continued in the first set against Djokovic.

The Serb made a series of basic errors throughout and Murray took full advantage to move into a 6-3 lead.

An early break in the second got Murray back on his way and once he secured the double-break, the match, and the No. 1 spot, was his.

Djokovic did muster up a break and brought the match back from 4-1 to 4-3 in the second set but Murray hung on for victory.

Murray’s brother Jamie had secured his No. 1 spot earlier in the week at the O2 to mean both Murray’s ended the year on top of the world!

Earlier in the doubles, Henri Kontinen and John Peers beat Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram to lift the doubles crown.

Ram/Klaasen flew out the traps quickly and broke twice to take the first set 6-2 in just 30 minutes.

But a quick start from Kontinen/Peers in the second set saw them race to a 5-0 lead and they saw it out 6-1.

A tight deciding match tiebreak followed, with Kontinen Peers taking it 10-8.

3 Comments on Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic to win ATP World Tour Finals and remain world No. 1

  1. Congrats to him….

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  2. Murray is unstoppable now

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  3. Good one for him

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