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ATP World Tour Finals 2016: Murray wins maiden Season Finale to finish 2016 as World No.1

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Andy Murray in probably the greatest moment of his illustrious career overcame Novak Djokovic to claim his maiden World Tour Finals crown and end the season as the ATP World No.1. The Brit defeated Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 in a scoreline that belied the ebbs and flows and indeed the sheer tension that underpinned the contest. Murray’s maiden triumph at the season finale made him the 10th No. 1 ranked player to have won the ATP Finals.

Novak Djokovic meanwhile was gunning for his 6th title at this event which would drawn him level with the great Roger Federer. He was also hoping to finish atop the World Rankings for the 3rd year in succession but was denied by Murray who became the 17th player in the history of the Emirates ATP Rankings to finish No. 1.

Earlier in a battle of the season finale debutants, Henri Kontinen & John Peers turned around an inspired start by Raven Klaasen & Rajeev Ram to claim their maiden doubles crown at the World Tour Finals. The 5th seeds fresh from their win in Paris remained unbeaten at the tournament to win 2-6, 6-1, 10-8 in a match tiebreak.

Andy Murray opened arguably the biggest match this year rather inauspiciously with a double fault. Clearly a tad nervous he hit another double fault in the first game but got held on to ensure he didn’t start on the backfoot. Novak on the other hand began holding serve with confidence as the games went on serve for the first half of the set. In the sixth game though Murray made his move as he created 2 break points but Djokovic managed to stave them off. Murray was now finding ways to control the rally mixing up hard drives with the low slices that drew Djokovic errors. Drawing these errors gave Murray further break points in the 8th game and an opportunistic move to the net gave him the break as Djokovic netted the backhand pass. Andy Murray with the opportunity to serve out the first set did so without drama as he drew first blood in this contest taking the set 6-3.

The momentum was all with Murray and the Scot aimed to press his advantage early in the second set. The plan could hardly have gone better as Murray broke Djokovic in the very first game of the second set and then further pressed his advantage by gaining the insurance break in the 5th game to go up 4-1. At this stage Murray had won 8 of the last 9 games and Djokovic looked a different player from the one who utterly dismissed Kei Nishikori just last night. The Serb though has gained a reputation for playing his best with his back to the wall and he refused to go gently into that dark night, clawing back one break and playing on Murray’s nerves when he served for the match. It was all to no avail though as Murray was not to be denied finally claiming the match and the championship 6-3, 6-4.

Final Scores:

A.Murray d N.Djokovic 6-3, 6-4

H.Kontinen d J.Peers 2-6, 6-1, 10-8