Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic on Sunday by 6-3, 6-4 to earn his first title at the ATP finals, and make sure he longed No.1 until subsequently season. Andy Murray has become the No.1 player in the world for the rest of the year.
“I would like to try and stay there, obviously. It’s taken a huge effort the last five, six months to get there,” conveyed Andy Murray, who took over the top position two weeks before and has currently won 24 straight matches.
“I’m aware that’s going to be enormously difficult because I had a great year this year. I only directed to do it by one match.”In Paris Andy Murray replaced Novak Djokovic as the top-ranked player, but the second-ranked Serb could have recover the No.1 position by winning Sunday at the O2 Arena. And Murray seemed susceptible heading into the final, especially following playing three sets next to Milos Raonic in Saturday’s semifinals.
He commenced alongside Novak Djokovic with a pair of double-faults in the commencing game, but it was soon his opponent that was stressed with his serve as the unforced errors piled up. Novak Djokovic has also further conveyed that, there was no solemn chance for me to win today’s match.
“From the very beginning we could see that. He was just a better player all in all.” Usually so steady with his groundstrokes, Novak Djokovic establish himself absent easy shots time following time, concluding the match with a gigantic 30 unforced errors and only 13 winners. Andy Murray had 15 unforced errors and 13 winners. In the first set, Djokovic had a routine smash that he whacked wide.
It never got much better for the 12-time Grand Slam champion, who was annoying to win a record-tying sixth title at the season-concluding tournament and finish the year as the top-ranked player for the fifth time. “I didn’t do much from my side. Every time I would get an opportunity, I would miss,” conveyed Novak Djokovic, who finished a career Grand Slam by winning the French Open present year.
Murray is the first man other than Djokovic, Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal to complete the year as the No.1-ranked player as Andy Roddick in 2003. He took over the top spot on Nov. 7 following winning his eighth title of the season at the Paris Masters.
He also arrived the Australian Open and French Open finals, losing to Djokovic on both occasions, but won his subsequent straight Olympic gold medal in singles at the Rio de Janeiro Games following asserting his next Wimbledon title. On Sunday, he restricted a long stretch of playing some of the best tennis of his life, and the best tennis in the world.
“I was solid enough when I needed to be,” Andy Murray conveyed adding, possibly understating his achievement. “You never beat a player as good as Novak if you don’t play well.” Sunday’s match was the first time since 2000 that the year-end No. 1 ranking was on the line in the final match of the season. Sixteen years ago, Gustavo Kuerten beat Andre Agassi to give the Brazilian the top ranking ahead of Marat Safin.
Despite captivating the commencing two Grand Slam tournaments present year, Djokovic has resisted in the subsequent half of the season. He misplaced to Sam Querrey in the third round at Wimbledon, concluding a 30-match winning streak at main championships.
He afterward lost to Stan Wawrinka in the US Open final. “Well, the previous five, six months have not been ideal,” Djokovic conveyed. “But sometimes it’s just normal, I guess, to knowledge, to live these kinds of things, not to have the half seasons as well as you want them to be, as well as they’ve been in the previous three, four years.