Murray downs Djokovic in straight sets to win ATP Masters

Murray downs Djokovic in straight sets to win ATP Masters

Andy Murray said he never expected to end 2016 as the leading player in men's tennis, after producing a masterful performance to defeat Novak Djokovic and claim ATP World Tour Finals glory.

Andy Murray has won the ATP World Tour Finals and retained his number one world ranking following a 6-3 6-4 win over Novak Djokovic.

I think although I maybe made a few more mistakes than I would have liked, I think tactically I played a good match.

"It's obviously a very special day", said Murray during the on-court presentation.

Andy Murray fought with gritted teeth and tired limbs to hold onto his number one dreams and reach his first final at the ATP World Tour Finals. "To hold all four Grand Slams like Novak did this year was a very special achievement and something we won't see for a very long time". "It was a very important win for me". He managed to avoid getting broken, putting Murray at a crossroads: would the missed opportunity lead to his unraveling as it so often has between the two, or would he be steeled by the confidence of a career-best 23 match winning streak?

"Andy is definitely number one in the world", said Djokovic.

First, however, Murray will afford himself the luxury of a short rest after a grueling week in London where he twice set a new record for the longest match in the tournament's history. I'll just give my best effort tomorrow.

Djokovic has taken three of their four meetings this year, in the finals of the Australian Open, Roland Garros and ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Madrid.

"Andy deserved to win". In a beat-down very reminiscent of their round robin match a year ago, Novak Djokovic was in devastating form, blowing Kei Nishikori off the court for the loss of just two games.

A routine hold from Djokovic opened the proceedings before a couple of nervy groundstrokes and a double-fault from Nishikori saw the world No. 2 go up 2-0 with his first of many breaks.

Murray dethroned Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 in a contest that lasted for an hour and 43 minutes to earn his first title at the ATP finals and make sure he remained No. 1 until next season.

With a host of film, music and sporting celebrities watching from the stands Murray continued to pile the pressure on his 12-time grand slam winning opponent. The pair were close enough in the rankings that it was a shootout to determine who was the best player on the planet. He is the best player.