Murray survives match point to beat Raonic at ATP finals

Murray survives match point to beat Raonic at ATP finals

Murray survives match point to beat Raonic at ATP finals

Tennis Britain - Barclays ATP World Tour Finals - O2 Arena, London - 20/11/16 Great Britain's An ...

His season had already provided several unforgettable chapters but Andy Murray saved the best to last as he eclipsed Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-4 to claim his first ATP World Tour Finals title and rubberstamp the year-end top ranking on Sunday.

Murray arrived at the tournament simply needing to do better than Djokovic to finish the year at No. 1, a position he has held since winning the Paris Masters this month.

The 29-year-old is the first British man to finish in pole position since the inception of the ATP rankings in 1973 and the first player other than Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to end the year top since Andy Roddick in 2003.

'I want to try and achieve as much as I can these next few years because I'm not going to be around forever, ' he said.

"It's very special, it's something that I never expected". "We've played Grand Slam finals, Olympics, matches like this". I'll just give my best of what I've got tomorrow.

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"Andy is definitely number one in the world". He deserved to win.

"I just played very poorly and made a lot of unforced errors from the backhand side".

As if winning a second Wimbledon title, taking a second Olympic gold medal and becoming a father for the first time wasn't enough to keep him happy, Murray is now looking down on the rest of the tennis world from his new perch.

It is Murray's fifth consecutive title and the 44th of his glittering career, and with Federer and Nadal both seemingly in decline due to injuries, the Scot will believe he can reign at the top well into 2017. Djokovic leads the head-to-head series 24-10, including 13-2 in their last 15 meetings dating back to the start of the 2014 campaign and 5-1 in their last six dating back to the fall of 2015.

The 29-year-old has been in a prolonged slump since winning the French Open for the first time, prompting rumours about his private life and jibes about his recent involvement with a "spiritual guru".

Andy Murray of Britain serves to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their ATP World Tour Finals singles final tennis match at the O2 arena in London, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016.

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Since his Roland Garros setback against Djokovic, Murray has been the man on a mission.

"Well, the last five, six months have not been ideal", Djokovic said.

Murray's play in the winner-takes-all season climax was all the more remarkable as a day earlier he looked on the point of mental and physical exhaustion after taking nearly four hours to subdue Milos Raonic in the semi-final. "I only managed to do it by one match". After Murray missed two early break points in the sixth game of the match, the linesman failed to spot a double fault from Djokovic.

Murray needed no encouragement to press home his advantage and quickly served out the set.

Some of Murray's greatest moments, his first Grand Slam title and first Wimbledon success, came at Djokovic's expense and so it was again.

He was hitting harder and with more variety than the Serb and he landed another huge blow with a break in the first game of the second set.

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'Because of the player that he is you know you're always going to get the ball back, I guess that's what makes you think about the risk management.

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