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Andy Murray becomes World No. 1 in Tennis after beating Novak Djokovic




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.

After a season in which he had already reached dizzy heights, Andy Murray saved the best for the last by outclassing Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-4 to claim his first ATP World Tour Finals title and secure the year-end top ranking on Sunday.

Against a player who has so often been his nemesis, Murray produced a relentless display to overpower the Serb he dislodged from the number one spot earlier this month.

Murray added the title to the Wimbledon crown and Rio Olympics gold he won during a stunning summer and, despite Djokovic’s Australian Open and French Open titles, there can be little argument the Scot is currently the world’s best player.

There was a slight wobble when Djokovic fought back from 4-1 down in the second set as the exertions of Murray’s near four hour semi-final epic against Milos Raonic began to tell.

But Murray was relentless and claimed victory on his third match point when an error-prone Djokovic fired a forehand wide.

“It’s very special playing against Novak in a match like this, we’ve played grand slam finals and at the Olympics before, but I am very happy to win and to be world number one is very special. It is something I never expected,” Murray said.

Three-times grand slam champion Murray is the 17th man to end the year at number one since ATP rankings began in 1973 and only the fourth since 2004 — after which Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic have shared the position between themselves.

Photo Credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images


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  1. Anon

    November 21, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Well done, Andy. Surely he will win SPOTY 2016 and a knighthood someday.

    Then comes January – the Aussie Open and that is Novak’s stomping ground.

  2. deedee

    November 21, 2016 at 11:36 am

    yay! finally well done Andy.. 2016 is indeed the year of the underdogs… when they least except, you shock the world….Trump, Andy etc..

  3. A Real Nigerian

    November 21, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    These new guys are not good enough! Especially this boring brit.
    I miss the likes of Nalbandian, Ljubijic, Nadal, Safin, Davydenko, Federer, Ferrero, Roddick and Hewitt.

  4. Tiv Girl

    November 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    @The Real Nigerian, you sound silly name dropping all these names just to show everyone you follow tennis. Well if you know anything about tennis, you wouldn’t name drop half of those names right after saying Murray isn’t “good enough!” Keep your controversial demeanor, but you should at least be knowledgeable about what you speak of.

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 21, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      If you don’t realise the standard of tennis has dropped significantly and if you actually think this Murray could stand toe-to-toe with any of those people mentioned at their peak, then you are the one who needs to get some knowledge.
      You really don’t think someone like Roddick would have had Murray’s success if not for the fact that he had Nadal and Federer to compete with?
      It’s like Hazard winning the Balon D’Or in 5 years and then people go about getting butt-hurt when you say he is not as good as Iniesta, Robben, Ibrahimovic or Suarez was. Oops! Am I name-dropping again?
      Murray = Overrated.
      And yes, I want to show everyone I follow tennis. Crucify me.

    • Tiv Girl

      November 21, 2016 at 7:06 pm

      Lol. I like what you did there. After I called you out, emphasis on “half the names,” you came back in defense with Andy Roddick. So Juan Carlos Ferrero (only a clay court, baseline specialist,” or Nalbadian (who didn’t have any 1 significant weapon,” or Ivan Ljubijic, who is more successful as a coach than as a player,” or Davydenko (who actually played against Murray in his prime,) don’t amount to half the names?

      I see you know your football, so you should stick to discussing that. Otherwise, no point dropping all these names, with no facts to back it up, only to segue into soccer as your comparison. You may not like Murray or his style of play, but you’d have to be a joker to tell me that the names I mentioned would best Murray.

  5. Ene

    November 21, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Biko Bn Murray did not become number one by beating Djokovic,he became number one by winning the Paris masters earlier this month whilst Djokovic didn’t get to the finals.Coming into the ATP tour Murray was already number one and Djokovic number two.Had Djokovic won, he would have reclaimed number one spot again. Congratulations to him.#TeamDjokernole!

    • Anon

      November 21, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      This is the main point, ending the year as number one – “secure the year-end top ranking on Sunday.”

    • Tiv Girl

      November 21, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      But the point Ene is making is that he didn’t just become No. 1. The headline shouldn’t have read that way. It is misleading. It could’ve read that he secured the top rank at year-end.

  6. That-I-May-Fly

    November 22, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    I did say once that Andy could never be world’s no 1 because he just wasn’t good enough. I guess, if you wait for all the good guys to get a bit old and tired, then you can be. Or maybe he’s just a late bloomer. Nevertheless, many congratulations to him for not giving up and for continuing to try until he got to the top and stayed there.

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