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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.

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It will be the dream finale we’ve all been waiting for as Novak Djokovic takes on Andy Murray in the final of the ATP World Tour Finals 2016. In a winner take all duel, Djokovic and Murray will go mano-e-mano in a bid to finish the season at the top of the rankings and also claim the year end championship to boot.

While Murray earlier had to take the long route to the final against a defiant Raonic, Novak Djokovic strolled through to the finals following a 6-1, 6-1 annihilation of Kei Nishikori. The World No. 2 hardly broke a sweat as he swept past Nishikori in just over an hour to make his 6th final at the tournament.

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Andy Murray outlasted Milos Raonic 5-7, 7-6(5), 7-6(9) in a 3hr38min classic to progress to his first final at the World Tour Finals. The World No.1 was staring down the barrel a set and a break down but his characteristic stubbornness saw him grit his way past an equally determined Milos Raonic who was playing his first semifinal at the season finale. Milos Raonic for his part played a fantastic match pushing the World No.1 all the way before faltering only at the final hurdle.

The Canadian exits the tournament with his head held high having taken both Andy Murray and Djokovic earlier in the week, to the brink. Murray now awaits the winner of the second semifinal between Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori. If Djokovic wins, the final will decide who winds up as the year end World No.1.

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In the last round robin match of the 2016 edition of the World Tour Finals, Marin Cilic overcame Nishikori in 3 sets 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. The match might well have been a dead rubber, but Cilic after a sluggish start found the motivation to turn it around clinching the last two sets against a fast fading Nishikori. The win is the first for Cilic at the season finale and pushes the Croat up to No.6 in the rankings, the highest of his career.

Today’s performance could well prove to be ideal preparation for the Davis Cup final against Argentina next week. Nishikori will now need to quickly regroup before his semifinal against Djokovic tomorrow evening. In the other semi, Murray takes on Raonic.

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Milos Raonic completed a facile win over a defiant Dominic Thiem 7-6(5), 6-3 to qualify for his first semifinal at the World Tour Finals. In what was a virtual quarterfinal for both men, Raonic overcame a subdued start, raised his game at the right moment, and cruised down the home stretch to finish second behind Djokovic in Group Ivan Lendl. Dominic Thiem once again impressed in his first World Tour Finals and the experience here will stand him in good stead in the future.

Earlier, Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares secured their spot in the semifinal defeating Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 6-3, 3-6, 10-6. The win ensured that the Scot-Brazilian duo finished on top of Group Edberg/Jarryd and even took them ahead of Herbert and Mahut in the rankings.

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